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VOL. 23 SEPTEMBER 1989 NO.4
J. F. Warner
Mrs. Betty L. Frassrand
Mrs. Joanne "Jay" Stewart
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Richard W. Beall
Carl H. Starke
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Sergeant At Arms
Mrs. Betty Malone
The President's Message.................................................1
From the Secretary.................................................... 2
The Editor's Corner....................................................2
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings .............................4
Retirements .............................................................. 7
4th Generation Zonians.................................................. 7
1989 Reunion............................................................ 8
News Clips ..............................................................26
Where Are You?........................................................ 29
Reunion Coordinator's Corner ..........................................29
Your Reporter Says.....................................................30
Alabama .................30 Mississippi ...........................43
Arizona .................31 New Mexico ...........................44
Arkansas .................32 North Carolina........................44
California ..............34 Northwest.............................45
Florida..................35 Oklahoma .............................47
Indiana .................. 41 South Carolina ........................ 50
Michigan .................43 Virginia .............................. 52
Younger Generation ...............................53
Congratulations ....................................................... 54
With Deep Sorrow .......................................................63
Letters to the Editor.................................................67
Looking Back ..........................................................72
Announcements......... ............ .......... ...... ................ 76
For Sale or Wanted....................... ............ .................80
Ace Air Conditioning & Refrigeration..81 Chris Gunderson, Realtor.....83
Zonian Amigos....81 Dick Gayer, Realtor...80 Jim Morris, Realtor.....81
Cormemorative Envelope.....83 "CANALGATE"....82 Homeland Memories.....82
Front Cover: Betty LeDoux Frassrand, newly elected president of the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida, for the 1989-1990 term. Mrs. Frassrand
lives in Dade City, Florida, with her husband, Larry.
Back Cover: Ship in the Panama Canal Locks Painting by Mr. Al Sprague,
noted Canal Area artist, of Ancon, R.P.
DATES TO REMEMBER
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota FL
PCSSC West Coast Reunion, San Diego, CA. See Announcement
Pocono 1989 Reunion, Best Western Hill Motor Lodge,
Tannersville, PA. 18372. (717) 629-1667.
Gulf Coast Picnic, Davis Bayou Carpground, Ocean Springs,
Miss. (See Announcements).
PCSOFL Annual Picnic, Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Fla.
PCS of Arizona Luncheon, Sunland Inn, Near Arizona City.
Space Coast Annual Picnic, Fox Lake Park, Titusville, Fla.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 P.M.
Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party, Y.O. Ranch Hilton,
PCSSC Christmas Luncheon, Knott's Berry Farm, 10:30 A.M.
PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon/Meeting, Holiday Inn, Ulmerton
Road, Clearwater, FL. (See Announcements).
TONE The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
I.. (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
a *A To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P.O. Box 1508 PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA 34682
The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published five times a year in March, April, June, September and December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
The membership fee is I il annually. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
Second Class postage paid at Palm Harbor, Florida and additional entry.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, P.O. Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Fla. 34682.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interest of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendship.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society and will
be retained in our files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed
in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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Palm Harbor, Florida 34683
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I would like to start this, my first Presi-
dent's Message, by thanking all of you who took
the time to mail in your ballots expressing your
choice for the officers of our Society. It is only
through the efforts of all of our members that we
will be able to continue to grow and keep OUR
Society functioning in the successful manner that
it has in the past.
I would like to thank Past President Carl H.
Starke, for his service to the Society this past
year. Carl has given of his time unselfishly to
the benefit of our Society and although in the
hustle and bustle of events, some things may have
appeared to go unnoticed, believe me they didn't.
Thank you Carl.
I would also like to thank our past Sgt. at
Arms, Harry Foster, and our past Historian, Edna
Ogletree, who also gave unselfishly of themselves
during the past two years. Our Bylaws state that
a person cannot serve in those positions for more
than two consecutive years. Therefore, they will
not be returning on the Board. They are, however,
involved in the Society in other capacities, and
they will be missed at our Board meetings.
Our present Executive Board is as follows:
Jay Stewart 1st Vice President
Bob L. Johnson 2nd Vice President
Marge Foster Secretary/Treasurer
Richard "Pat" Beall Record Editor
Jane Huldtquist Legislative Representative
Drake Carlisle Sgt. at Arms
Betty Malone Historian
Dorothy Yocun Chaplain
Carl H. Starke Past President
Now on to a new year and what an exciting year
it is going to be. As we reported in the last is-
sue of the Caal Record and at the Annual Business
Meeting, in 1990 we're going for the magic and go-
ing to Orlando for our reunion.
The Orlando Twin Towers and Delta Court of
Flags are anxiously awaiting our arrival in June.
The Orlando Twin Towers is in the midst of a mul-
ti-million dollar renovation of their property
which will be complete in March of 1990. So, we
will be in brand new rooms, which, by the way, are
For those of you wanting to host a class re-
union, please contact Jay Stewart, who will be the
Reunion Coordinator for 1990, along with the
assistance of Bob Johnson. We have obtained a
mailing address specifically for the 1990 Reunion
and all inquiries should be directed to Jay at:
P.O. Box 7200, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33543. For
all of you who live in the Orlando area, as well
as those elsewhere who will be attending the re-
union next year, please be sure and fill out and
and mail the Volunteer sheet, under "Reunion Coor-
dinator's Corner" in this issue. We cannot do this
alone, we need all of you.
It is important that all classes intending to
host a class reunion make your plans known to the
Reunion Coordinator. We ask this primarily to the
benefit of your function. In addition to avoiding
any conflicts with Society functions, discounted
rates during the reunion are only applicable
through the Society and we want you to have as
successful reunion as possible, so please let us
know your plans.
The committees for the 1989-1990 year are as
Budget and Audit Jeanne Wheeler, Chairperson,
Jean Mann and Josephine Atillo.
Bylaws Beverly Williams, Chairperson, Pete Fos-
ter and Bob Van Siclen.
Hospitality Dorothy Pate, Chairperson.
Publicity and Advertising Pat Beall
Pic-Nics Bob Johnson, Chairman
Telephone Edna Ogletree, Chairperson
Sunshine Anna Collins
Service Officers Eugene Askew and Victor H. May
Our special events throughout the year are
already in motion. Carl Starke and Mayno Walker
have great plans in store for the Sarasota Lunch-
eon in September. Muriel Whitman will be chairing
the December Christmas Luncheon, which is always
a delight. Drake and Colette Carlisle and Stacy
Parker are already planning a festive Carnavalito
in February and Anna Collins has promised another
smashing success for the May Luncheon at the St.
Petersburg Yacht Club.
Our year is off to a bang and we're all looking
forward to seeing you at our meetings, luncheons
and special events. Please be sure and take notes
of the meeting dates. We are attempting to accom-
modate as many members as possible and some of the
meetings are on a Saturday. Also, please be sure
and send in your reservation forms for the Sara-
sota Luncheon and the December Luncheon.
Again, thank you for the confidence you have
placed in me.
Betty L. Frassrand
Another big reunion has come and gone and I
must admit, it's a relief for all of us who work
many long hours getting ready for the four days!
I'm looking forward to working with the new Ex-
ecutive Board and excited about the move to the
There is a lot of work ahead of us and I firmly
believe that there are a lot of our members who
are willing to volunteer their services but they
need a little nudge. I've often heard the state-
ment, "I wish I lived closer so I could give you
a hand." Now is the time for those of you who live
in the Orlando area to offer your assistance. We
know there are a lot of good workers in that area!
Send in your VOLUNTEER slip (posted in this issue)
to Jay Stewart; and she'll gladly add you to the
list of volunteers for the 1990 reunion.
The Holiday season is just around the corner
and for those of you who wish to give a Gift Mem-
bership to a loved one should get their orders in
early. As you have heard me say so many times, the
work load gets overwhelming come December and I
can't guarantee a Gift Membership getting to the
person before Christmas unless you send it in Nov-
ember or earlier. Please indicate when it is a
gift so I may enclose a Gift Card. Gift member-
ships will be voted on at the November Board meet-
ing, so the deadline will be Novenber 14 for de-
livery before Christmas. I'm already sending out
1990 dues cards so the earlier you send your re-
newal in, the better!
I notice that many of the new members are re-
siding in the Tampa Bay area. Now that some of our
meetings will be held on Saturdays, we would like
to see more of you participate at our meetings. We
have a big picnic planned for October 7th, a Sat-
urday, so bring your families and enjoy a fun day
of games and good food! Bring a covered dish ex-
Zonians are fantastic cooks and the food is always
great! See you there!
The Reunion is over, and it's been "peddle to
the metal" ever since. The July deadline for the
September issue lurked around the corner, and our
new President, Betty Frassrand has started her
crew of Jay Stewart and Bob Johnson dive into the
1990 Reunion in Orlando already. It promises to be
a smash from what I've seen and heard so far.
What little social graces I had left deserted
me for the most part during the reunion. Felt like
I was on the "go" most of the time and little time
to talk to friends as I sped by. I hope you all
didn't think I was ignoring you. By nightfall I
had a chance to talk to several, but not many.
Was disappointed in the photograph selection
this year. Most of those I wanted for the Record
had been sold, so I chose from what was left. Some
I particularly wanted, and others that I could
identify from 35mm negatives. At any rate, I must
thank Jack and Joan deGrunmnd, Claud Lyon, Maria
Kerley Hernandez, Bob Zunbado and Mike Cunningham,
as well as several others for sending me their
copies, which I returned. Next year the photo-
grapher promises to provide me with an album of
all photos taken, for my choice.
Due to the size of this issue (it looks big),
several reports and news items have been reduced
to save space. Also, many photos sent could not be
used to save space. Some photos sent were dupli-
cates of others, etc. Sorry, folks.
Since my assistant has now become our leader,
(I can still talk to her), we have a new assistant
in Mary Lou Lang of Clearwater. She used to be the
reporter from Panama and did a great job there, so
I knew her to be dedicated and conscientious. Am
happy and lucky to have her aboard. Already she
has done a great job and am looking forward to a
We also have a new reporter, Tami Soncek, for
Illinois. We welcome her and wish her the best.
Her address is: 1207 Appletree Lane, Bartlett, IL.
60103. Tel: (312) 837-8490. I'm sure the 40-odd
members in Illinois will be happy to know they now
have a reporter im their area.
Since the membership at the Annual Business
Meeting approved Desk Top Publishing, it looks as
if I may be entering a new career. We should be
ordering the equipment soon, and as soon as it
arrives, I'll be learning a new trade. Am excited
over the possibilities and savings to the Society.
We'll keep you posted as to the progress we make.
Luckily, some discussion on the subject was promt-
ed from the floor by members, whom I thank greatly
as I'm sure it became clearer to others there.
A suggestion from Fred Banan came across my
desk a couple of months ago. He suggested a ques-
tion and answer column, to answer such questions
as: 'Why was the beautiful Balboa Olympic pool
chopped up into two small pools?" Good question.
Thinking about it for some time, I thought about
the political turmoil there now, and thought, "I'm
sure the P.C.C. has enough on it's mind right now
besides answering our questions, but I haven't
dropped the idea yet. The size of the book has a
direct bearing on this as well. Once we go over
104 pages, we're looking at greater costs in the
binding of the Record, instead of stapling. But,
maybe Desk Top Publishing may help, so we shall
see. Sorry to keep you waiting for an answer, Mr.
Editor, Canal Record
(Must be in by)
October 25, 1989
- r06EN _-r ------ e
As your new legislative representative, I will
try to keep abreast of areas which most affect our
members. My reports will be as of the date indi-
cated, and may change by press time. Please refer
to "Retirement Life" and "Modern Maturity" maga-
zines published by NARFE and AARP, along with cur-
rent newspapers for more information. My source of
information comes from these publications, along
with the weekly "Federal Employees News Digest"
and "hot-line" to Washington, D.C.
COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) At presstime,
unless unexpected economic events intervene, the
January 1990 federal retiree COLA appears safe and
is projected at 3.8%.
HEALTH INSURANCE Aetna Life Insurance Co. has
notified OPM that effective January 1, 1990, it
will no longer offer its INDEMNITY BENEFIT PLAN to
federal employees and annuitants. Aetna's HMO
Plans will not be affected by this decision. En-
rollees will have through 1990 to file claims for
expenses incurred in 1989. OPM will probably try
to find another health insurance company to be the
prime user of this plan and will notify enrollees.
No one will lose coverage under the Federal Em-
ployee Program as a result of Aetna's action un-
less OPM cannot find a new insurer and the employ-
ee or annuitant fails to change plans during the
November/December 1989 open season. Be alert for
correspondence from OPM and Aetna giving you your
FEGLI (Federal Employees Group Life Insurance) -
Federal annuitants who retired (under CSRS or
FECA) before December 9, 1980 have the face value
of their FEGLI policies reduced by 2% per month
after age 65 until the value reaches 25%. Those
who retired after December 8, 1980, have two ad-
ditional alternatives that are not available to
the pre-December 1980 retiree. Rep. Barney Frank
(D-MA) has introduced H.R. 726 which would give
the pre-December 9, 1980 retiree the same life in-
surance options that exist for retirees today.
CATASTROPHIC SURTAX LAW Congress is still study-
ing the feasibility of delaying and revising the
Surtax Charge on Taxable Income to cover the Medi-
care Catastrophic Health Law which went into ef-
fect on January 1, 1989. This surtax applies only
to recipients of Medicare Part "A." As of this
writing, no change has taken place.
CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT SPOUSE EQUITY ACT OF 1984
- This act contains a little known provision that
states the following "Any annuitant who marries
after February 26, 1986, is required to pay a de-
posit that equals the difference between a full
annuity and the reduced annuity for every month
since retirement that the annuitant has not been
married, plus an interest charge of 6%." PLEASE
REFER TO THE "RETIREMENT LIFE" PUBLICATION FOR THE
MONTH OF JULY 1989 for additional information.
This provision, as interpreted by this represent-
ative can affect any widowed or divorced person
who restores their annuity to 100! and plans to
remarry and provide a survivor benefit for their
spouse. It would be advisable to anyone in this
situation to pursue this for further information
and clarification. Two bills, H.R. 1377 and 1784
are in Congress to rectify this inequity but have
no sponsors yet.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEE'S ALMANAC 1989 At a minimum
cost of $4.50 per almanac any person can buy this
book, which is updated and published annually from
the following address: FEDERAL EMPLOYEE'S ALMANAC,
P.O. Box 7528, Falls Church, VA 22046-1428. The
cost includes postage. This almanac contains all
pertinent information for federal employees and
annuitants, and is highly recommended by this rep-
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
May 5, 1989
St. Petersburg Yacht Club
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. Carl Starke called the meeting to order at
12:02 P.M. at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, St.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave the Invocation followed
by Mr. Richard Beall, who read the names of those
deceased since the last meeting. Mr. Starke
offered a prayer in their memory.
Mr. Harry Foster led the membership in the
Pledge to the Flag.
Mr. Starke welcomed 102 members and guests and
recognized Past Presidents, Anna Collins, Pete
Foster, Vic May, Al Pate and Muriel Whitman.
The group sang Happy Birthday to those cele-
brating birthdays during the month of May.
Mrs. Marge Foster read the minutes of the April
meeting and they stand as read. She read the fi-
nancial report and it will stand for audit.
Mrs. Foster reported that the Society had
accepted over 400 new members since the first of
Mr. Beall reported the progress of the commemo-
rative issue, it is on time and will have a color-
ful cover thanks to the printer's giving us a 50/o
discount. He thanked all the members who had con-
tributed to articles for this issue.
Mr. Beall also thanked those who had written
the Stamp Advisory Comnittee regarding a Comnemora
tive Stamp but reported that the outlook was not
Mr. Beall reminded the membership that the June
2nd meeting at St. Bede's would be a covered dish
Mr. May reported that the Hyatt, Hilton and
Harbor Island Hotels were all filled and only 90
rooms were remaining at the Holiday Inn.
Mr. May reported that the COLA is not yet in
the budget but could go as high as 5%.
Mr. Starke adjourned the meeting so the members
could partake of the beautiful luncheon buffet.
Mr. Collins called table numbers for the lunch-
eon. A lovely fashion show followed lunch with
members, Liz Beall, Faith Brundage, Olga Disha-
roon, Dorothy Pate, Henri Skeie, Barbara Slover
and Muriel hitman modeling.
Mr. Starke thanked Mr. and Mrs. Collins for
once again hosting the lovely lunch and for the
presentation of the fashion show. He thanked
everyone for attending.
Since there was no further business, the meet-
ing adjourned at 1:45 P.M.
June 2, 1989
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
Carl Starke opened the meeting at 12:20 p.m.
at St. Bede's Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg,
Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave the Invocation followed
by Mr. Richard Beall who read the list of those
recently deceased. Mr. Starke offered a prayer
in their behalf.
Mr. Starke adjourned the meeting so members
could partake of the lovely covered dish luncheon.
Meeting reconvened at 1:25 P.M. Mr. Starke wel-
comed the fifty members and asked Past Presidents
Howard Clarke, Pete Foster, Vic May, Al Pate and
Muriel liitman to stand for recognition.
Mr. Harry Foster led the members in the Pledge
to the Flag.
Mr. Starke recognized members having birthdays
and anniversaries in the month of June.
Mrs. Marge Foster read the minutes of the May
meeting and they stand as read. She read corres-
Mrs. Foster read the financial report and it
stands for audit.
Mrs. Foster expressed her concern that the mem-
bership was not showing enough compassion for
their shut-in members and asked that they make a
concerted effort to visit members unable to attend
our meetings and activities.
Mr. Beall reported that the June issue would
be mailed that day and showed the members the
cover of the commemorative issue. He stated that
there was a lengthy article in the Tanpa Bay Life
magazine regarding the Panama Canal Society.
Mr. Beall read a letter from a member with a
copy of an article concerning the Panama Canal
Mr. May reported that the 1990 COLA is in the
Budget Committee at this point, but that the
amount could change by the time it gets to a vote.
He pointed out that employees will be paying more
of their medical costs and cautioned members that
if they cancel their government health benefits,
they cannot rejoin.
Mr. May reported that over 900 rooms were occu-
pied for the Reunion, but members have been slow
in sending in the pre-registration forms, result-
ing in more work for the registration volunteers.
Mr. Starke presented Mr. Howard Clarke with his
Past President's gavel. Mr. Clarke gave a little
background on his relationship with Mr. Starke
during their working days in the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Jay Cain expressed her desire that some-
thing be presented to the Panama Canal Society
members as a remembrance of the 75th Anniversary
of the Canal. Mrs. Foster will call the Conmi-
ssion to see what they have available and the
Mrs. Pate reported the Rube Seidman had re-
cently been operated on and that Mr. Allgaier had
been ill. She suggested members send cards to
members who are ill or shut ins. She agreed with
Mrs. Foster that more needed to be done to include
these members in our thoughts.
Mr. Starke suggested that perhaps a committee
could be appointed in the oncoming year to provide
transportation to members who cannot come to the
meeting because they are unable to drive.
Mr. Starke stated that this was his last regu-
lar meeting before the reunion and thanked all his
officers, committee persons and the members for
supporting him during his year as President. He
gave special thanks to Dorothy Pate who worked
diligently to make our meetings more hospitable.
Mrs. Foster asked the membership to contact
Mrs. Betty Frassrand or Mrs. Jay Stewart if they
had any questions concerning the 1990 reunion
since some of the members had heard false rumors
regarding prices, etc.
Mrs. Foster reminded the members that next re-
gularly scheduled meeting would be held on Satur-
day, August 5th at the H&D Cafeteria and those who
wished could buy their lunch prior to the meeting.
Since there was no further business, the meet-
ing adjourned at 2:05 P.M.
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June 30, 1989
Hyatt Regency Hotel
President Carl Starke opened the meeting at
10:05 A.M., after which Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave
the Invocation, followed by Richard Beall who read
the names of those recently deceased. Mr. Starke
offered a short prayer in their memory. Mr. Harry
Foster led in the Pledge to the Flag.
Mr. Starke welcomed the 274 members attending
and recognized Past Presidents Gene Askew, Anna
Collins, Pete Foster, Al Pate, Victor May Jr., Rob
Roy, Bill Wheeler and Muriel Whitman.
Mrs. Marjorie Foster read the minutes of the
June 2 meeting and they stand as read. She read
the Treasurer's report and it stands for audit.
Mr. Starke thanked his Executive Board and all
committee volunteers who helped make his year as
president a success.
Mr. Vic May presented his Legislative Report.
Mrs. Foster read correspondence written to the
Hyatt regarding the removal of furniture the pre-
vious year and the Hyatt's response.
Mrs. Betty Malone reported that she had a guar-
anteed lunch for 570.
Mrs. Betty Frassrand reported her findings for
the 1990 Reunion to be held in orlando, Fla. She
introduced Mr. Penguin from Sea World who greeted
the members throughout the hall. Mrs. Frassrand
introduced Mr. Sam Modica, Director of Sales, Or-
lando Twin Towers and Ms. Joni Sage, Sales Mgr, of
the Delta Court of Flags. Both expressed their en-
thusiasm over the Society selecting their hotels.
Mr. Richard Beall reported on the June Conmem-
orative issue and his progress as editor during
the year preparing for Desk Top Publishing.
Mrs. Foster thanked the Board members for their
cooperation during the year, reminded members to
forward address changes, and that whatever members
show on their application form will be what is
used in the Annual Directory.
Mr. Harry Foster outlined the bus schedule for
the Reunion Ball, stating that busses would run as
often as necessary to accommodate members.
Mr. May thanked his committee cheirpersons and
volunteers for their assistance, pointing out that
the Riverside Hilton would pick up the difference
in rates for those moved to the Harbor Island
Hotel. He stated that the people-mover to Harbor
Island would continue running until 2:00 A.M.
Mrs. Pate thanked all her volunteers for making
Registration go smoothly.
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist reported on the Golf Tour-
nament, and thanked her committee for a job well
at the February 4 business meeting.
Mrs. Foster read the recommendation for Honor-
ary Membership for Mrs. Jean Mann. Mr. Yane Leves
moved in the affirmative, seconded by Mr. Robert
Dill. Motion carried.
A member suggested we consider the feasability
of modems for reporters. Mrs. Dedeaux moved we
form a committee to study possible FAX machines
for use by reporters and present findings at the
next Annual Business Meeting, seconded by Mr.
Vince Ridge, motion carried.
#1. Betty Frassrand makes her presentation on Orlando for the 1990 Reunion site.
#2. Sea World Penguin mascot interrupts Betty's presentation to welcome members and
to hand out Sea World lapel pins to members. #3. Bob Dill introduced as one of the
four surviving Roosevelt Medal Holders. #4. View of membership during Annual Busi-
ness Meeting, while Nominating Committee, foreground, count votes.
Left: Nominating Committee compiling votes for 1989-1990 officers: L-R: Joseph
Hickey, Muriel Whitman, Dorothy Yocum, Gene Askew, Chairman. Center: General view of
members attending Annual Business Meeting, while Betty Frassrand introduces Sam
Modica, of the Orlando Twin Towers. Right: Newly elected officers of the Society for
1989-90: Clockwise from top: Betty LeDoux Frassrand, President; Marje Foster, Sec-
retary/Treasurer; Joanne "Jay" Stewart, 1st Vice-President; Robert Johnson, 2nd Vice
President; Pat Beall, Editor, Canal Record.
Mrs. Frassrand reported on the Panazonian Dance
and the Annual Ball, reminding the membership that
our insurance does not cover carrying drinks on
the dance floor, possibly causing a fall. Tickets
for the Ball were still available in Hospitality.
Mr. Starke recognized Mr. Robert Dill as one of
the four surviving Roosevelt Medal holders.
Mr. Starke read the report regarding Desk Top
Publishing, asking for discussion and that a mo-
tion was in order. Mrs. Jo Konover inquired as to
whether $7,000 would be the final costs or would
there be additional expenses. Mrs. Barbara Dedeaux
moved we accept the Executive Board's reconmen-
dation to purchase the necessary equipment for
Desk Top Publishing, seconded by Mr. Curtis Bliss.
Mrs. Foster read the report on the findings of
the committee to investigate holding the business
meetings on Saturday, and of the decision voted on
Mr. Eugene Askew, Chairman of the Nominating
Committee reported the balloting complete. 382
ballots were received, 18 were invalid. Results of
the balloting were:
President Betty Frassrand
1st Vice Pres. Jay Stewart
2nd Vice Pres. Robert L. Johnson
Sec/Treas Marjorie Foster
Record Editor Richard Beall
Mr. Pete Foster moved that the ballots be des-
troyed, seconded by Bob Blaney. Motion carried.
Mr. Starke conducted the drawing for the door
prizes which were donated by the Vendors and Delta
Airlines, and local merchants.
Mr. Beall announced that photos taken through-
out the hotel would be on display in the Regis-
Fern Dabill announced a luncheon for the class
of CHS'39 would follow this meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 11:53 A.M.
Albert D. Capps
Norman P. Dixon
Patrick H. McDonald
Gregory John Nixon
Ralph H. Paul
Russell L. Robertson
Ronald W. Benninghoff
Lorenzo E. Walton
San T. Anderson
Billy D. Bell
Edward K. Colvin
James L. DesLondes
John C. Glore
James D. Henry
Tacky C. Nichols
Gladts E. Peterson
Granville V. Richard
Cleveland C. Soper III
June A. Stevenson
Dale M. Wagner
Hugh L. Shirley
Jeffrey F. Larson
Frank E. Hirt
Administrative Services Division
Canal Services Division
Canal Services Division
Canal Protection Division
Navigation Services Division
Community Services Division
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DODDS Panama Region
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4th generation Zonians
Fifth Generation on the Paternal Parents side:
1. Grandfather John Corrigan worked for the Canal
as a carpenter. His son, John Paul Corrigan, Sr.,
worked for the Sanitary Department from 1907 to
1937. He was a Roosevelt Medal holder.
2. John Sr's. son Peter, married Helen Nash in
1939. They raised four sons, Peter Tiernan Cor-
rigan, Jr., Brian Edward "Eddie" Corrigan, Timothy
James Corrigan and Michael Joseph Corrigan. Tim-
othy is presently employed at the Canal Printing
3. Timothy married Taffy Grace Keopke in 1969.
Their two children, presently on the Zone, Christ-
opher David Corrigan and Colleen Grace Corrigan
are fifth generation on their paternal great-great
4. Brian Edward "Eddie" Corrigan worked for the
Filtration Plant. "Eddie" passed away in 1976. His
four children, Eddie Lynn Corrigan, Cassie Lynn
Corrigan, Timothy Brian Corrigan and Michael Peter
Corrigan are fifth generation on their paternal
Fifth Generation on the Maternal Parents side:
1. Grandfather Charles Clarence Huber worked for
the Pedro Miguel Locks. His daughter Florence
Huber married Hugo Nash. They raised three daugh-
ters, Lois, Helen and Rend. Helen married Pete
Corrigan in 1939. They raised four sons, Pete, Jr.
Brian "Eddie", Timothy James and Michael Joseph.
2. Timothy's two children, Christopher David and
Colleen Grace are fifth generation on their mat-
ernal grandmother's side.
3. Brian "Eddie" Corrigan's children, Eddie Lynn,
Cassie Lynn, Timothy Brian and Michael Peter are
fifth generation on their maternal grandmother's
4. Timothy Corrigan married Taffy Grace Keopke in
1969. Taffy's mother was Gertrude Jackson. Ger-
trude's father was John J. Jackson and resigned
from the Canal as General Manager of the Comnis-
sary Division to open Jackson's Steam Laundry in
Colon, R. de P.
5. Tim and Taffy's two children, Christopher David
and Colleen Grace are fourth generation on their
maternal grandparent's side.
Five sons of Peter A. Ridge were employed during
construction days in the Panama Canal. The Ridge
family, 1903, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Seated, L-
Leo Martin Ridge, I.C.C. Mechanical Division as
a machinist, October 22, 1913 to November 7, 1921.
Joseph P. Ridge, I.C.C., Chagres Division as a
Steam Shovel Engineer, from October 1, 1907 to
July 23, 1909.
Peter Andrew Ridge, father of six sons, Pitts-
burgh. His wife, Katherine Flaherty Ridge, died
the year this photograph was taken.
Stephen Mark Ridge, I.C.C. Mechanical and Fort-
tifications Div. as Boilermaker, Shop Checker,
Head Clerk, from November 4, 1911 to April 25,
1921. Roosevelt Medal No. 6924.
John Eugene Ridge, I.C.C. Mechanical-Industrial
Division as a Boilermaker, from October 20, 1909
to October 31, 1952. Roosevelt Medal No. 5400 with
First Bar No. 3357.
Aloysius Peter "'arry" Ridge, I.C.C. Mechanical
Division as Boilermaker, Layerout, Planner, Lead-
ingman Boilermaker from February 1, 1909 to June
30, 1950. Roosevelt Medal No. 6501.
James Andrew Ridge, eldest son, Pittsburgh.
This is a 4th Generation picture with my
one and only great-grandchild, grand-
daughter and daughter, as follows: L-R:
Dana Wennberg Erdahl, Beth Kennedy Wenn-
berg, Dot Kalar Kennedy and Ricky Erdahl
born November 19, 1988.
The tenth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament was held on June 29, 1989 at the Semi-
nole Lake Country Club with a 9:00 A.M. "shot-gun"
93 players participated and enjoyed coffee,
doughnuts and orange juice prior to playing. The
"cook-out" again was a success with all the ham-
burgers, hot-dogs, etc. that one could eat. This
type of menu is well received by the players as
there is no delay, and are able to eat as soon as
they finish playing.
The same format was used as in 1988 with Low
Gross Winners by Age Group Flights. There were 5
men's flights, and one ladie's flight.
The Panama Canal Society generously donated a
Commemorative Plate of Minton China used by the
Governors of the Panama Canal bearing the official
seal of the Canal Zone, won by Bill Bingham.
Lou Andino donated a beautiful "pull" golf cart
and a calculator and camera. Al White donated four
leather portfolios. Pete Foster donated two Zonian
Amigos golf caps, as well as a Zonian Amigos can-
vas shopping bag. Donna Dondanville donated three
novelty golf prizes, and The Eagle Snack Company
donated all the honey-coated peanuts, all of which
were given as door prizes and favors. The Commit-
tee expresses their thanks to these generous folks
who helped make the tournament a success.
Our new trophy, dedicated to Ray Will, given to
the tournament by the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, was presented to the Champions of the
Field, Arthur Egger and Jane Huldtquist by Irene
Will, Ray's widow. Four of Ray's children were
present. (See photo). The Men's Division Champion,
Arthur Egger, shot an even par game of 72, and the
Ladie's Division Champion shot a 91. Both received
a beautiful silver relish tray.
Special prizes were won in the "Closest to the
Pin" event by Donna Dondanville and Frank Anderson
Jr. Winners in each flight were as follows: Ladies
Division Maggie Windell 97; Men's Flight "A"-
John Nickisher 73; Flight "B" Lloyd Roberts -
78; Flight "C" Robin Morland 76; Flight "D" -
Mike Kandrin 81; Flight "E" Mel Smith 81.
We are presently negotiating with the Cypress
Creek Country Club in Orlando, Florida. It is
almost within walking distance of the Reunion
headquarters the Orlando Twin Towers. Being near
to Disney World and EPCOT, prices may be a little
higher, but we will do our very best to keep it
Looking forward to GOING FOR THE MAGIC in Or-
lando in 1990, and hope to have some surprizes for
you on the course.
Thanks again to you all for a very successful
tournament YOU MADE IT POSSIBLE.
THE GOLFING COMMITTEE
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Golf Tournament Committee; L-R: Isabelle Gibson, Kerner Frauenheim, Irene Will,
Ned Neville, Dorothy Neville, Anna Collins, Faye Frauenheim, Fred Huldtquist, Jane
Huldtquist, Doris Post Joe Collins. Right;L-R: First Places, Flight "D" Mike Kan-
drin, Flight "C" Robin Morland, Flight "A" John Nickisher. Ladies Flight- Maggie
Windell, Flight "B"- Lloyd Roberts, Flight "E"- Mel Smith.
Left: Carol and Mike Kandrin. Cente
Gaul, John Randolph, John Nickisher.
Left: "Closest to the Pin"- Donna Dondanville and Frank Anderson Jr. Center: The
Will family with the "Ray Will Trophy." L-R: Bill Will, Lauray Will Griffin, Irene
Will, Robert Will, Gary Will. Right: Irene Will presenting the trophy to Champions
Arthur Egger and Jane Huldtquist.
Left: Father and son, Jeff and Bud Huldtquist. Center: Winner of the Commemorative
Plate from P.C.C., Bill Bingham, presented by Tournament Co-Chairmen, Jane and
Fred Huldtquist. Right; L-R: Clare Amato, Ralph Amato, Charles Amato and Richard
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Letters to members asking for volunteers were
sent in March with a tentative schedule. The
schedule had to be revised many times through cor-
respondence and even during the reunion.
In spite of all the changes, we had all the
volunteers needed and in addition, many members
offered their services while at the reunion.
The official number registered at the 1989 Re-
union was 3,234.
We had an excellent group of volunteers and
they really enjoyed working on Registration.
After the reunion, a "Thank You" letter was
sent to all volunteers.
The Area Reporter's Luncheon was held in the
Hyatt Regency Buccaneer "C" with 20 members pre-
After the luncheon of "Tampa Deli" buffet,
which was enjoyed by all, the Editor asked for
suggestions to limit reports in the future. After
much discussion a majority favored limiting their
reports to 4 pages, double spaced, and agreed not
to solicit news from outside their areas.
The Editor thanked the reporters for their de-
votedness in preparing their reports and was happy
to see several new faces attending.
Mr. Dennis Talavera, Pensacola Reporter, then
presented a pair of gold plated Panamanian 100
coin cuff-links to the Editor, which was much ap-
The Luncheon and business was closed at 1:45 PM
Editor, Canal Record
The Hospitality Suite was under the operation
of 12 volunteers and was open for 142 hours during
the reunion. On sale were Canal Records, Panama
Canal Commission Commemorative Albums, PCSOFL de-
cals, license plates, lapel pins, Annual Ball
tickets and Panazonian Dance tickets. We also re-
sold Annual Luncheon tickets and provided free
coffee to members. The Tampa Bay Convention Center
provided information, brochures and discount tick-
ets to Tampa Bay attractions through Mrs. Dorothy
#1. Dr. Mary Graham, reporter from Oklahoma. #2. Betty Frassrand, former assistant
to the Editor. #3. Bea Rhyne, reporter of Kerrville, Texas. #4. Margaret Molloy,
reporter of Colorado looks on while Pensacola reporter Dennis Talavera presents Pat
Beall, Editor with gold Panamanian "dime" cuff-links. #5. Janice "Cookie" Newlon,
South Florida reporter.
Brochures and maps pertaining to the 1990 Re-
union in Orlando was also available.
The Information Desk was very successful in
providing timely information to members, and was
a focal point for members' questions.
A total revenue of $7,639 was turned over to
the Society for sales; $1,452 of which was sent to
the Panama Canal Commission for the sale of their
MR. MCAULFFE'S ADDRESS
PCSOFL REUNION, TAMPA, FLORIDA
JULY 1, 1989
Mr. President, Distin-
guished Guests, Ladies
and Gentlemen. Good af-
ternoon. I am grateful
Sfor the opportunity to
experience the warmth of
a a Panama Canal Society
Reunion and to speak to
you today. As one who is
about to join the ranks
of retirees, I am happy
to find from looking at
all of you that retirement appears to be good for
There is a common bond that forever links those
who have had the privilege of working for the Pan-
ama Canal. Actually, there are many common bonds.
You are linked by the nostalgia of just hearing
the names that once meant home: Ancon, Los Rios,
Margarita, Gatun; by the memories of working at
Miraflores Locks or the Admin. Building or the
Balboa Commissary or the Industrial Division; of
shopping at the Balboa Housewares Stores; of hav-
ing late night coffee at the Diablo Clubhouse, or
going to dinner at the Strangers Club in Colon.
Every one of you has different memories, but there
is one powerful bond that links you all together,
and that is the sense of stewardship, that special
caring feeling you have about the Canal. The Canal
was passed on to you to take care of, and you took
care of it and passed it on to your successors.
For nearly ten years now, that stewardship has
been in my hands, too. In 1979 many things chang-
ed, and in the interim since then there has been
still more change, but the message I want to bring
you today is that, in spite of all those changes,
in spite of the current political turmoil in the
Republic of Panama, the people of the Panama Canal
- people like you are still running it effici-
ently and with good heart. Because of the many ob-
stacles we have had to overcome, those of us who
are still there are proud of what we have accom-
I deliberately mentioned a moment ago the Bal-
boa Comnissary and the Diablo Clubhouse because
as you may know they are greatly changed. The Bal-
boa Commissary was remodeled to become the offices
of the Accounting Division. The back end of the
store where the Ice Plant was became the Pilot
Division. The Marine Director's Offices and offi-
ces from the Port Captain's Building moved into
what used to be the Furniture Store. Our plan is
to concentrate as many of our offices as we can
in Balboa, although we still have some offices in
Ancon. The old Ancon Clubhouse, which after 1956
was used by the Payroll Branch, now houses the Oc-
cupational Health and Safety Division. Up the
hill, the old Treasury Office has been turned into
offices for the Retirement Section, so that our
retirees and disability relief recipients don't
have to come so far.
Even though there has not been a mass redevel-
opment of the Canal Area, there are now a lot more
commercial establishments there than before. For
example, for the convenience of our employees we
have assisted a concessionaire who operates a 24-
hour a day shoppette in the old Diablo Clubhouse.
The Balboa Toy Store is now a branch of the Banco
Nacional de Panama and there are two car rental
agencies operating at the Balboa Railroad Station.
The Elks Club has rented out space to a chinese
restaurant and a gift shop, and next door the old
Jewish Welfare Board Building is now an office
complex. But in spite of these changes, I think
you would be able to recognize many familiar pla-
ces if you were to visit Las Cruces Street in Bal-
boa, or Las Perlas Street in La Boca, or Morrison
Street in Diablo, or Laurel Street in Gatun.
There exists today, however, among all sectors
of our work force, a high state of anxiety due to
the political impasse within Panama and between
Panama and the U.S. Unfortunately, I have no an-
swers for you how or when this situation will be
But I can say that my own anxieties about the
situation are tempered by cautious optimism; it
is, after all, in the interests of both countries,
as well as in the interests of world commerce, for
the situation to be resolved soon.
In addition, I am optimistic about the Canal
itself because I have seen that our employees have
the courage to weather even the worst storms......
Work Force Problems and Successes:
Let me take you back ten years. When Fernando
anfredo and I came on board in October 1979,
there was also high anxiety among the work force.
The anxiety was not, I hope, because of us. It
was because change under the Treaty threatened to
be so all-pervasive. Then, as now, employees were
concerned about job security, about their personal
safety, about the quality of life in the face of
uncertainty and change.
In spite of these anxieties, the workforce
found the strength to meet the twin challenges of
keeping the Canal running and making the changes
mandated by the Treaty. I won't give you a lot of
statistics about training, about how we've run our
Apprentice Program at capacity, but I will say I
tried to emphasize my personal commitment to in-
creasing participation of Panamanians by making
it clear from the outset that I wanted Mr. Man-
fredo involved in every major decision, that in
my absence he was to have my full authority. If
you know Mr. Manfredo or heard him speak here last
year, you will understand that delegating such
authority was more of a pleasure than a sacrifice.
Mr. Manfredo and I agreed from the outset that
Preserve the terms and conditions of enploy-
ment of all employees;
Preserve the Merit System;
Retain the old hands, both U.S. and Panaman-
ian, for their invaluable experience; and
Place special emphasis on people, as we im-
plemented the Treaty.
With Mr. Manfredo and with others throughout
the Commission, we have been fortunate in continu-
ing the Canal tradition of attracting and develop-
ing good people. A number of our Panamanian man-
agers today are trained by some of you here on
their first jobs, and as they follow in your foot-
steps we see in them the sense of pride and stew-
ardship that you passed on to them.
Change came with the Treaty, but our people
were able to adjust to it, and they found that
there was not much to be fearful about. Of course,
at that time we enjoyed good cooperation from Pan-
ama at the governmental level, so things continued
on a pretty even keel, even after the Canal Zone
Police were phased out.
We did reach a particularly low point, however,
at the end of the five year transition period,
when all of our transfer-of-function people -
teachers, doctors and nurses had to give up
their Commission housing; and Canal employees lost
eligibility for Commissary, PX and APO privileges.
It was pure bedlam when this happened, and even
though we provided an equity package of economic
benefits to those who had lost their shopping and
mail privileges, we still have to live with the
inconveniences and fragmentation of our community
resulting from that transition.
Over the past two years, with the deepening
crisis in Panama, our relations with the Panaman-
ian Government have suffered and our employees
have been beset with a variety of problems upset-
ting their personal lives.
U.S. sanctions against the Noriega regime pre-
vent us from paying to the Solis-Palma Government
taxes withheld from our Panamanian employees, with
the result that most of them are considered to be
in arrears on their taxes, subject to freezing of
their bank accounts, confiscation of their proper-
ty and unable to travel outside the country or ob-
tain license plates for their cars. To get people
to work, we have had to establish a Shuttle Bus
System between work sites and designated pick-up
points in Panama City and Colon.
We are between a rock and a hard place on this
one, wanting to restore our employees' rights in
this matter but not wanting to transfer money to
the Noriega regime. A number of our Panamanian
employees agree with the U.S. hard-line position
for the present. For the longer haul, however, I
feel that the tax issue may ultimately affect Can-
al operation, and that a solution to it must be
Our U.S. citizen employees have faced mounting
uncertainty about security and personal safety.
Our efforts to have the Panama Defense Forces
tighten security in our housing area have been to
no avail, as you might expect. House break-ins
have been on the increase. The theft of four-wheel
vehicles has become so common that one insurance
company cancelled its policies on all such cars.
Even more serious have been a couple of incidents
where thieves have carried out their robberies af-
ter overpowering the residents.
We have responded with every means within our
authority to increase employee security. The Com-
mission has placed new security lighting and pro-
tective grillwork in most Commission housing and
has contracted to install burglar alarm systems.
We have a guarantee from the Commander in Chief,
USSOUTHCOM, that in the event of a threat of mili-
tary or paramilitary action involving any of our
housing areas, U.S. Military Forces would be used
to protect Canal housing areas.
Still, you can imagine what it must feel like
as a Panama Canal employee to have the U.S. Mil-
tary Forces return those families to the U.S. who
cannot be housed on base. In recognition of our
employees' concerns, the Commission has establi-
shed a Temporary Relocation Program that assists
employees who wish to send their families off the
Isthmus for six months or more. To date, some 120
employees have sent family members to the U.S. un-
der this program.
As if the uncertainties and threats posed by
the political situation were not enough, employees
are now faced with the fact that, at the end of
this year, there is to be a Treaty-directed change
in the management of the Commission, with the
appointment of a Panamanian Administrator and U.S.
Deputy Administrator. Even if the nomination and
confirmation process goes off smoothly, which is
in doubt, it means at best that employees will be
going through the process of getting used to a new
boss next January.
Of course, the changeover to a Panamanian Ad-
ministrator will not change the Commission's sta-
tus as a U.S. Government agency, and U.S. Govern-
ment Policies and Regulations will continue to ap-
ply. It will be a unique situation having a Pana-
manian as head of a U.S. agency, and the new man
will be under pressures from both sides. I think
I know how he's going to feel!
Over the past ten years, normal attrition and
the mounting uncertainties have taken their toll
on our U.S. citizen workforce. On October 1, 1979,
the Conmission had 2,105 permanent U.S. citizen
employees. We now have about 1,010 permanent U.S.
citizen employees and are projecting at least 50
retirements of U.S. citizens over the remainder
of this year, which will bring us under the 1,000
mark for the first time, to about 12% of the total
What gives me great satisfaction is how those
employees who stayed on after 1979, whether for
one year or all ten, met the challenge of making
changes mandated by the Treaty and still never
missed a beat in the rhythm of the Canal opera-
tion. I am greatly indebted to them, because no
operational agency can do anything without the
skill and dedication of its employees.
And we have done a lot to improve the Canal
since 1979, as I want to describe to you briefly.
But as you listen to what has been accomplished,
I want to make sure that the employees get the
Traffic and Inprovements:
In the initial years of Treaty implementation,
the number of vessels transiting the Canal was
rising dramatically, and the average size ship was
the largest in the Canal's history, with the re-
sult that the volume of cargo moving through the
Canal was growing significantly. As a result of
these factors, particularly the increase in the
number of Panamax ships that need more care and
time to transit, our traditional measure of ser-
vice Canal waters time worsened. We began to
hear speculation that the Canal wasn't operating
as well under the Treaty as it had before.
We knew that the problem was the changing na-
ture of traffic, and so we accelerated our im-
provement program with particular attention to
projects to increase our capacity to handle larger
vessels. We acquired additional locks locomotives
and new more powerful tugboats. At the locks, we
installed high mast lighting. Now, instead of
waiting for daylight, we can bring daylight-re-
stricted ships up through the locks to be ready
to enter Gaillard Cut as soon as it gets light.
To give big ships extra water under the keel
for better maneuverability, we carried out a long
range program to deepen the channel, and we have
strengthened our water reservoir management
through modern technology. We are using the com-
bination of computers and modern communications
to the maximum in every aspect of the Canal opera-
tion, from finances to Marine Traffic Control.
Many more projects, too numerous to mention
here, were carried out to expand capacity and pro-
vide more safety. These improvements, coupled with
streamlining of operations, have enabled us to
bring Canal waters time well within the 24-hour
average established as a goal and to maintain that
for most of the decade of the 1980's. At the same
time, cost savings and increased productivity en-
abled us to double the time since our last toll
increase from three years to six years. This fall,
we expect to put into effect a 9.8% toll increase,
our first since 1983.
As a result of these efforts, the Canal remains
efficient, safe and competitive, and ready to han-
dle all the traffic predicted through the end of
the century and beyond.
I'd like to take a moment before closing to try
to express some of my personal observations about
the Canal as I near the end of my time there.
The first thing is the marvel of the Canal it-
self. I never cease to feel a sense of the history
of the work, of the boldness of the project, of
the world significance of what it does, yet in the
final analysis the human scale of it all, built
and operated by men and women like you and me.
Visitors to the Canal often miss the fact that,
under its unchanging exterior, the Panama Canal
has been thoroughly modernized, that its current
capability is far beyond what its builders ever
dreamed, and they dreamed pretty well.
When I leave at the end of this year, I am go-
ing to carry with me my deep admiration for the
extraordinary loyalty and dedication of the people
I have worked with. Perhaps my principal message
to you this year, as we celebrate the Canal's 75th
anniversary, is that today's Canal and today's
workforce are holding high the tradition that was
established by the Canal builders and carried for-
ward by you and those who worked with you.
With regard to our relations with Panama: al-
though at the moment things look bleak because of
our problems with the present Government of Pan-
ama, on balance over the ten years since the Trea-
ty, I have been favorably impressed with the in-
terest shown by the Panamanian Government in help-
ing the Commission achieve its goals. Before the
present regime, the Commission met generally with
a spirit of cooperation from the Panamanian Gov-
ernment, rather than resistance, and that coopera-
tive attitude was also reflected throughout our
contacts with the private sector in Panama. As a
result, I am optimistic that, in the long run, the
spirit of cooperation will prevail.
In closing, let me remind you that back in 1914,
when construction of the Canal was almost com-
plete, the President sent a Monuments Comrission
to Panama to investigate the placing of a monument
to honor the building of the Canal. They reported
back to the President, 'There is no need to build
a monument. The Canal is its own monument!"
When we started thinking of our 75th anniver-
sary observance, we wondered what we could do to
honor the past, and we realized that the best way
to honor the past was by continuing what you did
when you were there, and what we have been doing:
building on the past so that this great work will
continue on into the future for the service of the
world. Thank you.
The 1989 Annual Luncheon was warmly attended by
573 members and guests.
President Carl H. Starke welcomed the members
and guests, and introduced Mr. Victor H. May Jr.,
Reunion Coordinator, who presented a Certificate
of Appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Follett for
his patience in answering his telephone at his
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home due to the wrong number printed in the Canal
Record. Betty L. Frassrand presented a Cartificate
of Appreciation to Mr. Lou Andino for his efforts
in making the 75th Anniversary Banner used as a
backdrop at the Luncheon. Pat Beall, Editor, pre-
sented Mrs. Gladys Humphrey with a trophy for be-
ing the reporter the longest time, 23 years, as a
reporter for Sarasota, Florida.
Luncheon followed, after which Mr. Starke in-
troduced Mr. Dennis P. McAuliffe, Administrator of
the Panama Canal Commission as guest speaker. Mr.
McAuliffe gave an interesting, in-depth and re-
vealing talk on conditions in Panama, and lauded
the efforts of the workers and former workers for
their efforts to keep the Canal operational, all
of which was enjoyed by the members and guests
Left: President Carl H.' Starke welcomes members and guests at Annual Luncheon. Seat-
ed L-R: Pat Beall, Dorothy Yocum, Larry Frassrand, Mrs. Kathleen McAuliffe (hidden),
Mr. Dennis P. McAuliffe, Administrator, Panama Canal Commission, Guest Speaker, Mrs.
Virginia Starke, Betty Frassrand, Peter Foster, Marje Foster. Center: Reunion Coor-
dinator Victor H. May, Jr. presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. (and Mrs.)
David Fallett, who tolerated all the telephone calls to his home, due to a printing
error in the Canal Record, for the Reunion Coordinator. Right: Administrator of the
Panama Canal Commission, Mr. Dennis P. McAuliffe, delivers his address to the mem-
bership at the Annual Luncheon.
PEiY YOUR 1990 DUES NOW! FiVOID THE
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The 1989 Panazonian Dance at the Hyatt Regency
Tampa was once again a success. 1800 tickets were
sold, which is the maximum attendees allowed in
the Hyatt Ballroom.
There were many nice comments about the "Bay
Town Brass" along with many requests that they
return next year. Tito Mouynes played a set as a
"teaser" which got everyone on their feet and on
the dance floor. Following Tito's performance, the
"Bay Town Brass" knew what it took to get our mem-
bers dancing and followed suit.
Only problem encountered was that the ticket
takers were contracted until 11:00 P.M. and should
have been contracted to stay until midnight. Pat
Beall, Drake Carlisle and I acted as ticket takers
until about 11:45 P.M.
I would highly recommend the "Bay Town Brass"
return next year for the Panazonian Dance.
Betty L. Frassrand
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Left: Bob and Rosa Dill -
williger and Willie Moore.
danced every dance! Center: Anne
Right: Daryl and Verna Bullinger.
and Albert "Twig" Ter-
Left: Jolie and Ron Seeley with Vernon Seeley. Center: Anna and Joseph Lukacs. Right
Joe and Loreen Bialkowski.
Are we having fun yet? Sure looks that way to the music of "Baytown Brass."
." .. .
Left: Sandra (May) and Tom Robinson. Center: Members attending the Panazonian Dance.
Right: Adamary Bright and Eileen O'Brien.
The 1989 Annual Ball held at the Curtis Hixon
Convention Center was well attended. 2,155 tickets
were sold, approximately 93 less than last year.
Tito Mouynes and Charlie Cooper's Latin Copra
Band were, as usual, well received and the dance
floor was always full.
The decorations of the 75th anniversary balloons
and masks, was a refreshing change to the ordin-
arily drab Curtis Hixon. Many comments were re-
ceived as to what a difference the decorations
Again, the only problem came with the ticket
takers. They should have been contracted to stay Maj. Gen. John B. Henry, USAF Ret. and
later. Because of a misunderstanding with the Mrs. Maxine (HiLbert) Henry, Mrs. Ann-
Curtis Hixon personnel, checks for payment to the ette Sullivan, Mrs. Kathleen McAuliffe,
ticket takers were mailed shortly after the re- President Betty Frassrand, Mr. Dennis P.
union. McAuliffe, Administrator, P. C. C. and
Betty L. Frassrand Col. John F. Sullivan at the Ball.
Left: Decorators of the Annual Ball, Tom Finneman, Mike Boswell and Scott Parker,
fittlling ballons with helium. Center: More decorating committee at the Ball: L-R:
Suzanne (Steele) Fleming, Drake Carlisle, Colette Carlisle; Wade Carlisle, Holly
(Coe) Wheeler, Oscar Wheeler. Right: Bird's eye view of Curtis Hixon Convention Cen-
ter during early hours of the dance.
Dancers of all descriptions tripping the light fantastic at the Annual Ball.
#1: Capt. and Mrs. Frank Kerley. #2: Debbie (Heck) and Ted Marti. #3: Mike and Dot-
tie LaCroix. #4: Leona and Leo Snedeker.
#1: Marion and Tom Rice. #2: Eve and William "Herb" Breaden. #3. Kathleen and Wil-
lard "Red" Huffman. #4: Hernando and Mary Jane Escobar.
Class and Group Reunions
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1939
The Golden Anniversary of the Balboa High
School Class of 1939 was held on the evening of
June 29, 1989 at the Terrace Room of the Wyndham
Harbour Island Hotel, Tampa, Florida.
A reception was held from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00
P.M. prior to the dinner, so that everyone could
reacquaint themselves after 50 years. A large
memorabilia table was on exhibit, bringing back
many memories to all of the graduates present.
Fortunately, the committee had provided identifi-
cation badges, and after studying them awhile, a
room full of strangers were able to close the gap
of time, and once again they were high school
students back in Balboa High School swapping stor-
Taped music provided by Lucho Ascarraga and
LeRoy Lewis (from the El Panama Hilton) set the
mood of the evening.
The tables were decorated with gold ribbon
streamers, with centerpieces of fresh flowers,
candles, and "Happy 50th" balloons. A souvenir
menu containing a picture of Balboa High School
on its cover, and inside a printed copy of the
High School Fighting Song, along with a poem enti-
tled "Wasn't It Only Yesterday" especially written
by Jane Huldtquist for the evening, was included.
Mr. Fred Huldtquist, President of the Class of
1939, acted as Master of Ceremonies and gave an
introduction concerning the dedication of the 1939
ZONIAN. This particular class graduated on the
anniversary of the 25th Anniversary of the Opening
of the Panama Canal. A wire was received from Pan-
ama from one of our Panamanian classmates Ernes-
to Solis who was unable to make the reunion and
contained the following message "Un abrazo para
todos mis compaieros de nuestro querido Y recor-
dado Balboa High School. Que Dios permit celebrar
en Panana el 75 aniversario". This wire was much
appreciated by all of his classmates and a round
of applause followed.
The fun and games began, along with prizes that
were given to birthday celebrants Joe Snyder and
Sherry Austin MLsselman, Marion Orr Wells and her
sister Mary Orr, Mary Cryan Lade and Jane Huldt-
quist, who both celebrated birthdays on the same
day. June Ha belton May won a prize for having a
birthday on June 30th, the closest birthday to our
50th celebration, and we all sang "Happy Birthday"
to her. No ages were disclosed for obvious rea-
Prizes were given to graduate with the most
children (7) and was won by John "Bobo" Kain; the
graduate who traveled the most distance was Ewart
Harvey, Bremerton, Washington and Marion Orr had
the most grandchildren (7). None of the graduates
would own up to having more than one great-grand-
child, so no prizes were awarded in this category.
The couple married the longest were Isolda Myers
and Roy Phillips, who we had expected up until the
last minute, and for some reason unknown to the
committee were not able to make it, or were delay-
ed in Panama. Jim Ridge from Panama won the prize
for having lived the longest down there. He is
still residing in Ancon.
A beautiful watercolor painting by Elizabeth
Beall of a SAN BIAS MOLA, which also contained the
golden frog of EL VALLE was given as a door prize
and was won by Mrs. Bob Wainio.
Many other door prizes were given out by draw-
ing names from a PANAMANIAN BASKET.
Those who attended included the following:
Sherry Austin Musselman, Blanche Adler and Carl
Browne, Kelly Baunan Adams, and sister Ruth Yield-
ing, Billie Bowen Martin, Josephine Blanton Kil-
burn and sister Alice Conover, Doris Brotherson
Hand, Doris Chan and Tan Etchberger, Bev Comley
Dilfer, Mary Cryan lade, Dick and Mary Jane Dod-
son, June Hambelton and Victor May, Bwart and
Lillian Harvey, Bob and Dorothy Herrington, and
guests Tonmie Lou Horter, Bob and Jean Wainio,
axine Hilbert and John Henry, II, and John, III
and Janice Henry, Fred and Jane Huldtquist, John
and Josephine Kain, Bill and Owen Logsdon, Angus
and Martha Matheney, Britta Merrill and Evan
Evans, Beatrice Monsanto Rhyne, Margaret Maigs
Molloy, Marion Orr Wells and sister Mary Orr,
Jim Ridge, Douglas and Anita Smith, and daughter
Jeannie Crawley, Joe and Anne Snyder, and sister
Jane Rasmas, John and Annette Sullivan, Cornelia
Van Siclen, Catherine Mhelan and Edward Filo,
CHS-BHS CLASS OF '54 UNITE
The Starlight Princess sailed from Harbor Is-
land into Tampa Bay. Inside, the boat was alive
with music, and the should of ice cubes rattling in
the drinks, but the happiest sound was the nostal-
gic chatter of old friends long absent from one
another now reunited.
It was the June 29, 1989 dinner-dance cruise
celebrating the 35th anniversary of the BHS and CHS
classes of 1954. Bulldogs and Tigers together,
bridging a 35-year gap in their lives with class-
mates and friends from the two best schools and
the most wonderful place in which to grow up in -
the Canal Zone and Panama in the 1950's. The party
was like CZ class reunions through the years for
the pure joy of celebration as only Panazonians
can, but something else was going on, the reestab-
lishment of great old friendships which will re-
main alive endlessly.
Cristobal High School Class of 1954.
There were distinguished speakers and great
door prizes. The speakers were entertaining, brief
and distinguished for being our own. Rolando Lin-
ares relayed the best wishes of Panamanian class-
mates unable to come and reminded those present to
reciprocate. Taking Rolo's lead, everyone offered
a moment of silent prayer for deceased classmates.
The senior class officers, BHS President Jack
Corrigan and CHS Vice-President Barbara Hickey
Grinnell welcomed everyone, and praised June Row-
ley Stevenson, Marguerite Neal Zuntado, Cleve
Soper and other reunion organizers,
Balboa High School Class of 1954
Reunion funds bought many prizes but others
were contributed. Through Paul Smith's brother
Ralph, the Motta family contributed perfume sam-
ples, enough to fill every purse. Carl Tuttle con-
tributed mola patches, and Linda Geyer, a noted
artist, contributed two original paintings. Andy
Mulligan Hinderscheid BHS and Donna Geyer Bowman
CHS, won sketches of their respective schools for
being the first to register to come. More than 50
items of memorabilia were awarded including bohio
center pieces, molas, bateas, mugs, shirts, his-
torical photos and videos. Winners from BHS were
Betty Flatau Taylor, Marilynn Abreau Stevens, Kurt
Menzel, Josie Di Bella Sommers, Bill Bailey, Dan
Gressang, Arlene McKeown Tochterman, Beth Hatchett
Trout, Calvin Fishbough, Shirley Million Muse,
Jack Corrigan, Kenny Lee, Cora Adler Cohn, Jim
McKeown and Frank Lerchen. From CHS, Carl Tuttle,
Dudley Smith, David Lane, Larry Cox, Topper Didier
Mercedes Peterson Salter and James Scheibeler.
As the boat returned to Harbor Island, it was
unclear if the misty vision of the boat people was
caused by lingering rainfall or moisture of an-
other kind. The party continued rhe next day in
the Harbor Island Hotel lounge with more door
prizes, hugs, kisses, retold tales of the good old
days, and promises to write.
When the memory fades and promises to write
lose their urgency, read this article, let the
memories warm your heart, carry out those promises
and get ready for the BHS/CHS Class of 1954's 40th
anniversary in 1994.
CHS CLASS OF 1959 REUNION
We had a great time. We held our 30th Reunion
in conjunction with the Panama Canal Reunion in
Tampa. There were 39 in attendance. Beginning with
the front row fro left to right: John Boseman,
Ronnie Armistead, Mickey Cunningham, Franky Alber-
ga, Gerry DeTore, Bob Blair, Randy Alberga, Beth
Bialkowski Sayre, Jean Owen Young, Norma Ramirez
Reed, Huey Lee Clark, Ella Mae Morales Conrad,
Martha Johnson Stephenson, Dianne Hickey Irvine,
Alice Tabor, Tan Sellers, Katie O'Brien McCain,
Pat Lawson Pinto, Kay Kunkle Glinske, Charlene
Shore, Marguerita Engelke Granmer, Alice Hardwick
Hope, Jackie Walsh Krist, Bill Hogan, John Am-
brose, Irl Sanders, Fred Robinson, Brian McNamee,
Arthur Lawrence, Robert Hill, Bill Bird, Max Han-
na, Donald Humphrey, Bill Hayes, Leroy Werlein,
Keith Kulig and Herb Spector. Not in the photo was
Janice Brownlee and Kathleen Cox Smith.
We had dinner then handed out some door prizes
for fun things such as: Who had the least amount
of hair, Bob Blair won; Who had the oldest child
won by Alice Hardwick Hope; Who changed the most,
won by Irl Sanders; Who had the oddest job, John
Boseman won that; Who traveled the farthest to the
reunion, Martha Johnson Stephenson won; and many
Cristobal High School Class of 1959
Huey and Alice made up T-shirts especially for
the reunion. If you want one, call Huey Lee Clark
at (205) 435-7591.
Alice Hardwick's husband, Butch, from Gamboa
took a video of the entire get together. For a
copy, contact him at 3349 Monte D'Oro Dr., Birm-
ingham, AL 35216 or call (205) 822-7950.
Donald Humphrey was our Master of Ceremonies
and he did great. Most of the time he had everyone
in tears with laughter except when we sang the CHS
Almamater, then tears of days gone by showed.
We had some guests from BHS'59 and Donald in-
Bob Blair and Randy Alberga presented Mike Cun-
ningham with a beautiful framed Mola for all his
work on the reunion. Katie O'Brien McCain also
gave him a desk pen set from the Class of 1959.
The decorations put together by Alice Tabor,
Gerry DeTore and Herb Spector were incredible. Bob
Blair and Randy Alberga made table settings using
blue backgrounds with a gold tiger. Katie made the
name tags, Ella Mae set up the dinner and Jean
Owen Young and Dianne Hickey Irvine put together
a book with letters from most of our classmates,
about what they have done for the past 30 years.
We have already started on our 35th and hope to
see you then.
CHS CLASS OF 1969
Twenty-five members of the Cristobal High
School Class of 1969 gathered this year in Tampa
as part of the Panama Canal Reunion to celebrate
their 20th anniversary of their high school grad-
uation. The opportunity to share much of the four-
day event as a group was enjoyed by all. The class
members, separated for 20 years slowly gathered
together again all day Thursday, as individual
members arrived from all over the United States.
Capturing some tables at the Panazonian Dance
on Friday night, the class remained intact into
the early hours of Saturday dancing the "morning"
away at Blueberry Hill on Harbor Island. By 11 a.m
Saturday, all gathered again for a poolside lunch-
eon at the Riverside Hotel and group pictures.
Decked out in their party-best the class formed
for a final showing Saturday night, sharing the
Society Ball and one last frolic at Blueberry
Tired, but very happy for the experience, indi-
vidual members said good-bye with the same emotion
they had said hello a few days earlier, secure in
the fact that all was well with "CHS'69." They
vowed to meet again in '95!
Glenda (Lewis) Kochel
Cristobal High School Class of 1969,
Seated L-R: Jackie Evans Carlson, Mary
Huffman Novak, Rosita Cabrera Rodriguez,
Annie Benero Montoya, Glenda Lewis Koch-
el, Doris Benninger Young, Maria Kerley
Hernandez, Cheryl Pinto, Marie Wheeler
Partik, Cecilia Alberga. Standing front:
Don Bensen, Steve Gabriel, Frank Kerley,
Barry Greer, Ed Egger, Roland Mans,
Robert Beall. Standing back L-R: Harry
Jones, Boodie Swain, Jerry Weigle, Jimmy
Ford, Jon Carlson.
BHS CLASS OF 1979
The Balboa High School Class of 1979 held their
ten year class reunion in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion.
The banquet was held at the Harbor Island Hotel
on June 30 and a beach party was held July 1 at
Fun was had by all who attended. Following is
a partial list of those classmates who attended.
Many signed in at the last minute therefore those
names were not available.
Balboa High School Class
Balboa High School Class of 1979
Tonya Adams (Boswell), Dana Alderman, Sandra A.
Balzac, Andrew Barnes, Kevin Barness, Elizabeth A.
Bell, Elizabeth C. Bell, Donald Bloemer, Carolyn
Bohn (Mills), Debra Boyle (Farrell), Tom Boyle,
Gladys Brown, Jon Brunson, Michael Buckley, Jef-
frey Burbach, Lynn Cappon, Charlie A. Cerezo-Suar-
ez, Dianna Ciurleo, David Clingan, John Patrick
Coffey, Mary Davis (Burbach), William Dickerson,
Beatrice Dunn (Geraghty), Maureen Egger (Whitlock)
Michael Erhart, Mark Farner, Keith Fearon, Maureen
Ferguson, Charlie Garcia, Robert J. Garza, Brad
Gauger, Mary R. Geraci, September Gingras (Blain),
Anita Gombossy (Ellis), Jacqueline Gregory (Abels)
Linda Griggs (Marshall), Christina Grimison, Penny
Hall (Holloway), Will Hall, Laura Hanson (Breaden)
Christopher J. Holt, Ann Hutchinson, Mary Lou Jab-
lonski, Keely Joseph, David I. Kelleher Jr., Tita
Kourany, Marcy Levy (Fried), George Lopp, Tannie
May (Chagnon), Keith P. Mead, Gene Mellado (McIn-
tosh), Ann Nicole Migala (Weatherton), Carlton A.
Morris, John R. Morris, Kenneth I. Morris Jr.,
Paul J. Morton, Mark M. Muse, anily R. Nickersher
(Gaul), Veronica Nourse, Scott Peters, Ken Pierce,
Bill Rauld, Alson A. Read, Laura Redfern, Holly
Richardson, Jos4 M. Robles, John Roddy, Jeff Scott
Linda M. Sherry, Linda Smith (Patton), Marlene J.
Snavely, Tari Spurlin (Soncek), Ed Stein, Erica
Stumvoll, Kim Swardell, Sharon Thompson, Mark Ur-
back, Maribel D. Vega (Guinn), Michael Vizcarra,
Keith L. Walters, Christopher J. Welch, William P.
White, Leslie Wilkins (Shorten), Paul M. Williams,
Donna Winklosky (Buckley).
Balboa High School Class of 1969
DEADLINE FOR GIFT MEMBERSHIPS
FOR CHRISTMAS IS:
NOVEMBER 14, 1989!
PFY YOUR 1990 DUES NOW! VOID THE
_i.union L Pof2oui .
The three bands in full swing during the
Center: Charlie Cooper and his Latin Copra
reunion: Left: "Baytown Brass" of Tampa;
Band. Right: Tito Mouynes and Conjunto.
Left: "We're from BHS and no one could be prouder..." Chris Rupp, Paul Morton, Kenny
Morris. Class of 1979. Center: BHS Class '79 Reunion, Harbor Island Hotel, Tampa,
Florida, L-R: Erica Stumvoll, Carlton Morris, Paul Williams, Paul Morton, Mark Pow-
ell, Linda Smith, Dave Kelleher, Mark Farmer. Right, L-R: Mark Farmer, Paul Morton,
Debbie Erhart, Lee Morton, Michael Erhart, Kevin Joyce. Lady in white unidentified,
accompanied K. Joyce. Photos by Jack Morton.
Left: Donald Humphrey, Abell Borsellino, Charlie Cooper. Center: Pete Lang, Mary Lou
(Dailey) Lang, Pablo Pretto. Right: Nikki Dailey, Charlotte Dailey, Earl 0. Dailey.
Left: Tom Heppenheimer and friend. Center: Peggy and Joe Wertz. Right: Bob Roy,
Richard Mallett, Paul Kramer.
Left: Jim McConaghy, Gertrude (McConaghy) Roberto and Jim O'Donnell. Center: David
and Judith Hawthorne. Right: Lew French, Woody French, Worden French.
Left: Marje Frensley, Bea Rhyne. Center: George and Ann Downing. Right: Betty (Com-
ley) Forgeson, Bea Schloming, Isabelle (Schloming) Cummins, Ruth (Bauman) Yielding,
Left: Col. John F. Sullivan, Maj.Gen. John B. Henry, USAF Ret., and Mrs. Maxine
(Hilbert) Henry. Center: Patricia Benny, "Peanut" Howe Bonner, Bill Benny. Right:
Olga and Roger Conley.
#1: Editor Pat Beall presents "Reporter Emeritus Trophy" to Gladys Humphrey, Sara-
sota, for over 23 years service as a reporter. #1: Tony Mann relates a numerous tale
to Hindi Diamond, on Contractor's Hill when Hindi was reporting on a landslide for
the Pamana American. #3; L-R: Tom Pattison, Steve Cartotto, Charles (Chuck) and Tom
Peterson. #4: Mrs. David Ridge (Rita "Cricket" Rockwell) with daughters Naomi (L)
and Nicole (R). #5: Shirley (Crews) and John Finlason, Alice (Raymond) and Ted
Left: Charles Bitter, lucky PCC Plate Winner, Borothy Bitter, Barbara Hutchings
Schmitt. Center: Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo, Edna (Curles) Cooley, Joan (Powell)
Arndt. Right: Vance Howard.
#1. Bars were in full swing all over de place. #2: Rosie Morse, Janell (Morse) Krib-
ell, Vicki Sizemore. #3: One can be proud to have these people for friends, L-R: Bev
Wood, Joe Wood, Becky Erhart, Joann Morton, Carol Mead, Lloyd Spradlin, Maggie
Spradlin, Burt Mead. #4: Who's having the most fun? Becky Erhart, Millie Joyce, Jack
Morton, JoAnn Morton.
Left: Jean (Holmelin) Kirk, Pauline Holmelin, Pauline Arnold. Center: Russell "Obie"
Oberholtzer and Harry Dowell. Right: Eileen (Cryan) Lade, Carl Browne, Billie Bowen
#1 : Larry Layman and Rich Wainio. #2: Worden and Bea (Cotton) French. #3: Ed Parker
and A.W. Jackson. #4: Fred Partik, Ray (Bill) Wheeler, Marie Partik.
Left: Ethel Askew and Willie Moore. Center, L-R: Eleanor Beuhler, FPan Stock, Howard
Beuhter, Jenny Stock, Bill Stock. Right: Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow.
Left: Vince and Dottie Ridge. Center: The Huswn Family reunion. Right: Lynn Dunning,
Lisa Hunt Johnson.
Left: At Hansen and Bob Boyd. Center: Arden (Reggie) Armstrong Weich and Marian
(Armstrong) Witthofft. Right; L-R: Cliff Beaty, Vance Howard, Bill Hicks, Alfred
Marsh, Warren Morse.
#1: Sarah (Barfield) Cohen and Dorothy Yocum working in Hospitality Suite. #2: Jim
Ridge and Ed Sullivan. #3: Vic May, Reunion Coordinator, Connie (Clinchard) Wright
and Dr. Bill Clinchard. #4: Fran Jones, Barbara Ann Hutchings Schmitt and Anna "Too-
0r '. -l
#1: Patrick Ridge, Dottie (Sanders) Ridge, Jim Ridge, Joan (Ridge) deGrunmond, Vince
Ridge. #2: Patricia ("Pat" Smith) LeBrun. #3: Toni Huff and sister Edie Willoughby.
#4: Vince Ridge, Joe Roth-Roffey and Conrad Horine. #5: Magee family, L-R: Peggy
Keller, Susie Allen, Mrs. Susan (Allen) Magee, Ann Severy and daughter Heather. (Pics
m f.u ilv I Th1 'I / i .-A
Left: Bob and Nancy Rosenberg, George "Lanky" Flores. Center: Roberts Printing Inc.
guests, Paul and Elaine McCoy, Rend Rega, Sharon and Wayne Nightingale at the Annual
Luncheon. Right; L-R: John Finlason, George Booth, Curtis Bliss, Emily Bliss, Claud
Lyon, Indiana Reporter, and Ruth (Wood) Lyon.
LETTERS OF THANKS
TO THE PRESIDENT
Carl H. Starke and all the officers and Executive
Committee and Volunteers of the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Florida and anyone I missed!:
Congratulations!! You did it again! The Reunion
was another great success in every way!
From the moment we arrived until the time to
leave, we were treated like special guests. Every-
one in the Riverside Hotel and the Hyatt made us
feel they were enjoying our visit almost as much
as we were!
Thanks so much for all the work you put into
having a successful reunion. And you know, it did-
nt cost us an "arm and a leg" while we were there!
You all did a great job and we all thank you!
Weren't the pictures outstanding!
Bea and Worden French
(Charlie, Woody and Lewis too)
Want to thank you for all the hard work that
you and your group did to make the reunion a big
success. We are still overwhelmed by its magni-
We can well appreciate all the hard work and
frustration that goes along with planning such a
Being the first one we have attended, we give
it a big "10" as you and your committees did an Al
job. It makes us want to back next year.
It was great seeing friends and acquaintances
we had not seen since 1976 and beyond. Especially
you and Ginny and Cassie.
The 1989 reunion is something that will stick
in our memory forever. Thanks again.
Tom and Silvana Burbine and family
"MR, 4TH OF JULY"
CELEBRATING HIS 94TH
Villa Serena Retirement Comnunity is inviting
the public to a barbecue and picnic on Saturday,
July 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., to celebrate the 94th
birthday of "Mr. Fourth of July", a Villa Serena
resident, Fmnett Zemer.
Zemer will be presented with a Recognition
Award by Assemblyman John Vasconcellos and there
will be food, music and dancing.
Zemer was born in Meridian, Miss., but went off
to Panama to visit his father at age 18 and arriv-
ed on July 3, 1913. The next day he celebrated the
first of 75 Fourth of Julys in Panama. He reme-
bers it as an old-fashioned family affair with
games and lemonade stands on Pier 8 in Cristobal.
During his service in the Canal Zone, Zemer be-
came a conmrunity leader, organizing many community
events. Following three years as co-chairman of
the July 4 celebration beginning in 1933, he be-
came chairman and served in that capacity for 25
years. He was Honorary Marshal of the parade, rid-
ing on a float dressed as "Uncle Sam," during the
U.S. Bicentennial year of 1976 and that's when he
received the title of "Mr. Fourth of July."
The Zemers lived in Panama City when he retired
following one of the longest continuous records of
employment with the Canal organization, just short
of 44 years. At that time, Mrs. Zemer was employed
by the U.S. Army at Fort Clayton.
He had courted Mary Dunn Milloy when she was
working for the Port Captain's Office in Cristo-
bal. They were married July 15, 1922 in the Balboa
Union Church. They will be celebrating their 67th
wedding anniversary together at Villa Serena this
Those wishing to participate in the July 8
celebration should make reservations by phoning
Frances Guinn, (408) 296-7233.
South Santa Clara County
Mary and F nett are celebrating their 67th at
the Villa Serena by having a family reunion and
inviting the residents of Villa Serena to join
them on the 15th.
Attending will be son, William from So. Cali-
fornia, daughter Isabelle Zemer Lively and her
husband George from Sonoma, California; daughter
Phyllis Zemer Wright of San Jose, California and
daughter Shirley Zemer Swenson from Carriere,
It will be the first time the family has been
together since 1973.
Also attending will be grandchildren and 3
Isabelle Zauer Lively
MAIDEN TRANSIT BY "STAR
PRINCESS" BREAKS RECORD
A new Panama Canal tolls record was set Thurs-
day, May 18, by the Star Princess. The vessel paid
$109,653.60 for its maiden transit, breaking the
record of $106,782.33 established by the Queen
Elizabeth 2 in January 1988.
The latest addition to the Princess fleet, the
Star Princess transited southbound en route to
Alaska. The vessel measures 809 feet in length and
105.74 feet in beam and has the capacity for 1,700
passengers. Its elegant features include three
swimming pools and over $1 million of contemporary
Because of the time required to measure the
cruise liner and determine its net tonnage, Panama
Canal Commission senior admeasurers Clifford J.
Lantermnn and Valentine D. Lynch flew to Cartagena
to board the superliner and begin the work prior
to its arrival at the Canal. They began with the
safety inspections and paperwork and then started
taking the physical dimensions. Both worked on the
measurement, and Lanterman made the final calcula-
tions. Within four days of the transit, he came
up with the ship's net tonnage -59,920 Panama
Canal net tons.
As the "Star Princess" completes its
transit to break the Panama Canal tolls
record, the 946-foot-long "Bellatrix"
moves into position at Miraflores Locks.
Considered one of the world's largest
and fastest vessels, the "Bellatrix"
came to deliver armored personnel car-
riers and other equipment for the 5th
Infantry Division. (By R. Fishbough).
Although they had no complaints about being
assigned to work aboard a luxury liner, Lanterman
and Lynch point out that they were not passengers
and that it was certainly no cruise vacation for
them. With only about a day to do the measuring,
they had to put in extra hours to get the job
done. "It was hard work, but an enjoyable and
worthwhile experience," Lynch said.
This was the first ship Lynch has had to board
ahead of time, but Lanterman had the opportunity
to work on the QE2 last year, boarding it in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., six days before it transited the
Canal. He says, however that the Star Princess
experience "was still an adventure."
Panama Canal Commission
June 2, 1989
Visiting the display of an old General
Electric towing locomotive at Miraflores
Locks brings back memories for Billy
Bell, wearing glasses, & George Lowery.,
The two men are the only current towing
locomotive operators of the Panama Canal
who previously worked with the old
models. (Photo by Kevin Jenkins).
by Esther Duncan
"Years ago," the Chronicle's Volunteer of the
Month of May said, "I complained to someone about
a problem and the reply was to volunteer to do
something about it yourself."
A man in his mid-70s who never stops smiling,
Del Swafford of Crystal River has been "doing
something" in Citrus County for nearly two dec-
ades. He's an illustrious example of a volunteer
who commits himself wholeheartedly to solving com-
As a result, he's probably received as many
awards as anyone living here a lifetime.
Swafford "discovered" Citrus County during a
1935 visit for Florida Power of St. Petersburg,
vowing then to return one day and make this "para-
dise for sports fishermen" his home.
The latest award the county's good Samaritan
had added to his collection was just received from
the Citrus Sertoma Club, which named him their
"Man of the Year."
This January the Department of the Army honored
him with the Commander's Award for Civilian Ser-
vice, commending him for his "outstanding effort
in assisting" with the acquisition of land for the
new site of the Florida National Guard Armory.
Only two of these awards have been made by the
...He's also been the recipient of the Paul
Harris Award, the highest award in the Rotary In-
ternational, for his support of education and im-
INW 1 II
munization of children in the free world against
polio and five other killer diseases. In addition,
he was named a Paul Harris Fellow.
Swafford isn't a man who doesn't mind jumping
in where others would hesitate.
Just now he's deeply involved in helping solve
one of the county's most troubling problems over
crowded correctional facilities, a condition re-
garded by the state as so severe that it has been
threatening to sue the county...
..."There's a bright spot," he observes. "Na-
tionally, there are 200 abandoned army bases that
can be made into correctional facilities."...
...Among other awards Swafford has received is
the 1986 Humanitarian of the Year presented by the
Homosassa Springs Chamber of Commerce...
...One of SWafford's major contributions took
place the sumer of 1978 when action was finally
taken against the aquatic weeds growing at an
alarming rate in nearby rivers, threatening to
virtually choke off the waterways, not only impor-
tant to the fishing industry, but also to county
...Born "about 20 miles north of the post of-
fice in Tifton, Ga.," as he likes to say, Swafford
is a typical self-made man of his generation.
He was raised and received schooling in St.
Petersburg, where he was employed by the Florida
Power Corporation. According to some faded clip-
pings is a scrapbook his wife recently put togeth-
er for him, he did some boxing as a welterweight.
Headlines referred to him as "Battling Delmas."
In time, he roamed into Panama and South Amer-
ica and became involved with the Panama Canal, al-
together spending about 30 years there and in
South America. In the late '60s he was in charge
of a feasibility project near Darien Balboa
country where the Spanish explorer arrived and was
later killed. The project involved a study of the
use of atomic energy for a possible sea-level ca-
In the World War II period Swafford joined the
Navy Seabees and served with distinction in Eurpoe
where he was cited for his role in repairing a
destroyed submarine base so American troops could
be sent home.
"After I traveled all over Europe," he ex-
plained, "I returned to Panama."
Accidents in construction were common in those.
As supervisor of the government's power system in
the Panama Canal, he received several letters of
commendation for his excellence in accident pre-
vention and repair of broken lines...
...Swafford still makes occasional trips to
Panama. A business card he continues to pass out
lists his land and boat business as Memorial Gar-
dens, Inc. and gives the address as Cristobal, Ca-
Citrus County (FL) Chronicle
May 9, 1989
E ags t.&
An important milestone in Panama Canal
history was celebrated May 28 as the
"Hanjin Longbeach" made the 700,000th
transit through the waterway. The in-
transit time for the veseel was 10.2
hours, while its total Canal waters time
was 15.4 hours. After 75 years of oper-
ation and 700,000 transits, the Panama
Canal continues to offer safe and effi-
cient service to the maritime industry.
Where Are You?
Where are you, Betty (Golden) Washburn? An old,
dear friend is looking for you. Her name is Mrs.
Edwin (Gerry) Swanson, 10280 Imperial Point Drive
West, Largo, Florida 34644. (813) 596-0759.
Plans are going ahead with CHS Class of '45
reunion to be held next June. We need to find the
following classmates and would appreciate any bit
of help. Please send any information to: Leona S.
Snedeker, 127 Cypress Circle, Lake Helen, FL 32744
or call (904) 228-0022.
Malcolm Del Valle
SEARCH FOR 100 MISSING PERSONS
BHS CLASS OF 1943
We were 145. 10 died. I have 38 good
and 7 probable addresses.
WHERE ARE THE MISSING 100?
Send postcards with addresses to:
E.E. Pierce, 143 Woodbury Dr. Dayton,
by: Jay Stewart
Did you know that we are going to Orlando in
1990? We're going for the MAGIC? The dates to re-
member are June 21 25.
The headquarters hotel will be the Orlando Twin
Towers, the Delta Court of Flags will take the
overflow. All the major events will be on the
premises of the Twin Towers.
Would you like to VCWLIEER to help make the
1990 Reunion the best ever? We need help with the
preparations and during the Reunion.
If you would like to help please fill out the
form at the end of the column or contact one of
our committee chairpersons.
REGISTRATION: Nancy Van Siclen
ANNUAL LUNCHEON: Betty Malone
ANNUAL BALL AND PZ DANCE: Stacy Parker
TRANSPORTATION: Bob Johnson
GOLF TOURNAMENT: Jane Huldtquist
SPORTS EVENTS: Drake Carlisle
HOSPITALITY: Pat Beall
Phone: ( )
State Committee preference:
PCSOFL Reunion Coordinator
P.O. Box 7200
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
Your Reporter Says ...
Well, the 1989 Panama Canal Reunion is history
and all we have are memories and photos. Eddie and
I enjoyed ourselves very much seeing old friends
and attending my 50th Balboa High School gradua-
tion reunion which was held at the Harbour Island
Hotel on the 29th of June. Some of the graduates
I had seen recently but some I had not seen in 50
years. I must admit that all of us who did attend
looked mighty good. My only disappointment was the
number of graduates who attended. I know there
were some who live in the Florida area who could
have come. Too bad they missed a good time. Our
thanks to Fred and Jane Huldtquist, and Bob and
Dot Herrington who coordinated the reunion. They
did a super job.
Eddie really enjoyed seeing so many Canal
Zone's "Finest". There were quite a few there. He
missed John cDoJwell this year and hope he will
come next year. Dick Tomford will never change ...
don't know when to believe him. Helen kept me well
informed about everyone we both knew who live in
her area. On our way down to the reunion, we over-
nighted with Alice and Budy Myers in Spring Hill,
Fla. As usual, they were great hosts as were Bev
and Jim Brigman of Tanpa who were our hosts the
I will say that the Dothanites were well repre-
sented at the reunion. Everywhere I went I saw
someone from Dothan around the corner. So glad so
many could go. Wilma Kennerd helped out with the
registration. I think she was recuperating from
her trek to the jungles of Brazil where she caught
a bug and kept her sort of low for a month. She
said everything was very expensive even in the
jungles of Brazil.
Maggie and Johnny Janssen stayed with their
daughter Pat Beck and family in Val Rico, Fla.
after the reunion. They enjoyed the company of
their grandchildren and the beautiful fireworks
from the Harbor Island Hotel.
Picnic. Dothan. L-R: Mike McGriff,
Ralph Harvey, Gail (Harvey) Layson, Jack
Hem, Margaret Hem and Muriel McGriff.
Picnic..Dothan. Buying Lotteria from
Gloria Burgoon are Terri Willis, Ida
Dugas, Maggie Janssen, Louise Hunt and
Berniece (Rathgeber) Jackson.
Our annual picnic was held at Omussee Creek
Park the end of May. It started off to be a cool
day but around 1:00 p.m. it began to get a little
warmer. Omussee Creek Park is run by the Cherokee
Indian Tribe and they hold a yearly "pow wow"
which is most interesting. The lottery was won by
Freeland Hollowell, Vera Ryan and Jim Sener.
A few years ago Babe (Marguerite Flynn) Kessler
was pleasantly surprised to receive a letter from
Jackie (Hutchings) Baker saying that she (Jackie)
and husband Bob and family were now living in Opp,
AL which is about 60 minutes from Dothan, AL. Babe
and her family were invited to attend the wedding
of Jackie and Bob's daughter, laura in Opp, AL in
February. Jackie and Babe were old friends in the
Top: Susan Hutchings. Mid row: Emma
Hutchings, Jackie (Hutchings) Baker,
Babe (Flynn) Kessler. Bottom: Laura and
Bill Kessler and son, Mike were in Kodiak,
Alaska to visit with son, Tim, a member of the
U.S. Coast Guard who is stationed aboard the USCG
Cutter Yocona, at Kodiak. While there, they enjoy-
ed a catch of several 50 lb. halibut caught while
fishing off Kodiak Island.
I 4gle &
Mike and Bill Kessler in Kodiak, Alaska.
We like the idea of the 1990 reunion being held
in Orlando and look forward to attending. I am
sorry I could not attend the reporter's luncheon
but due to a previous commitment, I was unable to
do so. Time is so important when you have so many
friends to see.
I wish the new officers a very successful and
trouble-free year. God bless all!
Catherine (Thelan) Filo
The Panama Canal Society of Arizona held its
Spring 1989 luncheon/meeting at the Sunland Inn
(formerly Ramada Inn) of Casa Grande-Arizona City,
AZ, on April 22, 1989. Those attending were: Fritz
Frey, his wife, Betty, and his father, F. C. Frey
(also called Fritz); Peggy Bradley; Santiago Esca-
tell (speaker) and his wife, the former Hilda
Padilla of Panama City; Danny and Jane (Dickson)
Cox; Dora and Warren LeGrys; Martha A. Griffith
and Hazel (Griffith) Berry with guests Hazel Mar-
covich and Stanley Slo; Arthur and Ruth Smith;
Rayburn and Rhoda Brians; Coral Ann Strickler;
Ethel Helen Manson; Jeff Hirschl and Melissa Brus-
kin; Dr. Dan and Mirian Hirschl; Charlie and Anne
(Trimble) Parks; Kenneth and Enna Cassler; Jack
and Elizabeth ("Sis" Hayes) Phillips; Beverly
(Englebright) Fraim; Cecelia Wensing; Leo and
Charlotte Cagley; Richard and Monica Staab; Char-
les G. Judge; Ted and EFma Englebright; louisa and
Deena Cottini; Conrad and Norma Horine; Fern (Hor-
ine) Dabill; and Rachel Martindale.
Jane Cox, Charlie Judge and Bev Fraim's
guest, Midge Sarver, April 22, 1989, at
^. ... i
L-R: At luncheon, Char and Leo Cagley,
"Sis" (Hayes) Phillips, Conrad Horine,
Fern (Horine) Dabill. April 22, 1989.
Santiago Escatell gave a short talk on coins
and how they illustrate history to us, then exhib-
ited some of his own collection, containing a full
set of Panamanian coins. After that, he invited
members of the audience to bring up coins of their
own for his market-value evaluation.
As usual, the Inn provided an excellent hot and
cold buffet. Emerita Upton was unable to use her
reservation, but her niece, Enna Cassler, who has
lived in Panama, and her husband, Kenneth, came
in her stead. Ken is owner of an accounting ser-
vice in Tucson.
Jeff Hirschl introduced his fiancee, Melissa
Bruskin, and told us they would be married on
June 4, 1989. Leo and Char Cagley had just cele-
brated their forty-seventh wedding anniversary in
April, and lucky Char won the $33.00 door prize
at the luncheon. Our speaker, Santi Escatell and
his wife, Hilda, were celebrating their thirty-
third anniversary on that very day.
Jack and "Sis Hayes" Phillips will spend the
month of July in the Northeast visiting one daugh-
ter in New York State and another in Vermont, thus
escaping our over 1000 heat! Two more guests at
the luncheon were Midge Sarver from Perioria, IL,
guest of Beverly Fraim; and Marian (Whelan) Rous-
culp, born in Ancon, who was Cecilia Wensing's
guest. Marian is one of the daughters of leo
ihelan, well-known Panama Canal Engineer. She is
now Mrs. Ward Rousculp, living in Phoenix, AZ.
Unable to attend the luncheon were Bob and
Irene Hazeldine, who sent a postcard from Mazat-
lan, Mexico, on April 20 to explain their absence.
They were going on to Acapulco and Taxco from
there. They don't look like members of any gypsy
clan I ever saw, but they must have a streak of
it somewhere! They were in the Canary Islands,
Morocco, Spain, and Portugal last fall and were
just back this spring from the East where they saw
Bill and Ivy Poole. They were to go to Texas in
May for the birth of an expected grandson and to
Colorado Vail, Denver, and two scenic railroad
trips in August. Then they have a trip booked
to Tahiti for a week in October, and on to Aus-
tralia and New Zealand for the month of November!
The next luncheon meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Arizona is to be held at the same Inn
on Saturday, October 7, 1989. See details in
Jane (Dickson) Cox
On a bright and breezy sunny day in Northwest
Arkansas, the following group, small but enthusi-
astic, gathered to reminisce about the "good old
days" of the Panama Canal: Richard and Mary Con-
don, Bruce and Dorothy Sanders, Carl and Petie
Maedl, Bill and Marje Scarborough, Jimny Scarbor-
ough, Charlie and Diane (Yost) Mason, Ernest and
Lois Van Horn, Kathleen and Willard Huffman,
Donald and Sara J. (Palumbo) Stephens, Charity and
Gabriel Stephens, Glen Conklin, Etta Fay Terrell,
Esther and William Clair, Luke and Betty Palumbo,
Frances ~litlock, Elia and Bobby Stokes, Jenneffer
(Stokes) Sparks, Yolanda Norton, Earl and Maxine
Wren, Betty MzGilberry, Alice and Red Nail, Lyle
and Ruth Mertz, Ralph and Marie Shuey, Bud and
Betty Balcer, Steve and Lisa Graves, Stephanie
and Bryan Graves, Lenor and Harry Butz, Bonnie C.
NClish, and Eldridge and Minnie Burton.
Vernon and Edith Bircher were in California for
Christmas with their daughter. They also visited
the rest of their children in Georgia and South
Addie and Marion Colclasure Addie attended
a family reunion over Father's Day in Oklahoma.
Addie has also spent a lot of time in western
Kansas when her sister had surgery. Marion is
working in Colorado and was home for a brief visit
when this reporter called for news. Grandson Danny
of the Navy is going to school in Norfolk, Va.
Mary Lou Engelke, in May, accompanied her
daughter, Susan Engelke, on a three-week trip to
Germany to vist son Tom Engelke and his wife,
Alice, and family. They spent the three weeks
touring southern Germany. Also, got to Rome and
saw the Vatican and took in some of Austria at the
same time. Returned to Atlanta to visit daughter
and son-in-law, Margaret and Charles Gallardo.
Before returning home, flew to Baltimore, Md. to
spend time with mother, Elizabeth, and brother,
John Haines. Also, while in Baltimore, got to see
her sisters, Betty and June.
Kathleen and Willard Huffman motored to Wynne,
AR, and went to Tampa for the 75th Anniversary Re-
union with son Willy and wife Kathi in their new
'89 Ford van. The five Huffmans were reunited for
the first time in eight years. They enjoyed meet-
ing all of the old friends at the reunion.
Evelyn Engelke had her daughter, Judy Montan-
aro, here for a week while she was hospitalized.
Then her sister, Frances Elmendorf, came for an-
other week when Judy had to return home. Following
a two-week visit with Bill, Shirley, and Billy
Engelke in Salinas, CA, Inuis Engelke and family,
Wilma, Willie, and Louis Jr., spent two weeks with
Evelyn in Bentonville, AR. Prior to returning to
Panama, they enjoyed a short visit with Wilma's
niece and family in Austin, Texas.
Norbert and Peggy Keller enjoyed a family re-
union in Dunedin, Fla. at the home of Jerry Stein-
er. Twenty-one members of the McGee family were
in attendance. After returning home, they were
visited by Jinny and Edna Slusher who were in
Prairie Creek in their motor home. Mrs. Susan
McGee is visiting her daughters Arm and Susan in
Betty MGilberry reports that nephew Tom McGil-
berry and wife, Nell, from Montgomery, Ala., spent
a couple of days and they took in all of the local
sight-seeing spots. She also accompanied Alice
Nail on a three-day trip to Branson, Mo.
William T. "Red" and Alice Nail say that Red
enjoyed attending the reunion in Tampa and the
Masonic dinner given by Charles Lavallee. Alice
took Betty McGilberry, Barbara Andrasack, and
Betty Denton with her to Branson, Mo., and they
all enjoyed the show of Shoji Tabuchi Japanese
violinist. The show is recommended to one and all.
Jessie Newhard wishes to report her new ad-
dress: 214 SW 12th St., Bentonville, AR 72712.
Carol Newhard Bleakley, her husband, retired Cap-
tain Andrew Bleakley, and Mrs. Jean Bleakley Mont-
gomery visited with her and helped straighten out
her new home. Prior to moving, Jessie, along with
Maxine Reinhold, drove to Ohio to visit friends
In early July, Dorothy and Bruce Sanders drove
to Allen, Texas to spend a long weekend with their
great-grandson, Ryan Curtis Sanders, his parents
Kim and Curtis Sanders and Ryan's grandparents
Sandy and Bruce Sanders III. While there, they
all helped Kim and Curtis celebrate their fifth
wedding anniversary and also on the last morn-
ing together, joined at breakfast to celebrate
Curtis' birthday. Dorothy and Bruce then returned
to Arkansas and later Sandy and Bruce left to re-
turn to Panama.
Etta Fay Terrell spent Mother's Day in New
Orleans with daughter Andrea and husband Paul
Oliver. Visited with sister-in-law of Glenn's in
Prentiss, Miss. Expecting a visit from Paul and
Andrea in August to drop off their animals on
their way to Seattle, Wash. where they will visit
with Mr. and Mrs. Ted Starkey (Ellen Clute).
Maxine Reinhold journeyed to Ohio with
Jessie Newhard to see her son Richard Jr. and then
on to Pittsburgh, Pa. to attend a THEOS conven-
tion. Also on the agenda is an Elderhostel in
Lindsborg, Kansas. She also has visited with her
two daughters in St. Paul, Minn.
Edith Engelke reports that her son John and
wife, Susan, were with her for a week before going
to South Africa on government school business.
Polly and John Michaelis left in February and
returned the middle of June covering 6,000
miles. Visited with children, grandchildren, and
other kinfolk plus Army friends and ex-Zonians.
Travelled I-10 both ways through Texas, New Mexico
and California. Both were glad to get back home.
Pete and Sue Warner told this reporter that son
Robert, tugboat captain, was buying a home in Gulf
Shores, Ala. Also, daughter Phyllis with her three
children were expected shortly from Long Island
and that daughter Pam would be coming next month
from New York.
Our annual fall dinner has been announced as
being held on the third Sunday (15th) of October,
1989, and will be held at the Town and Country
Restaurant in Rogers, AR. This is the same place
it was held last year and is located across the
road from the Daisy Plant.
Bud and Betty Balcer have been staying close
to home. Planning a visit to Bud's home town next
month to help Edna Balcer celebrate her birthday.
Robert (Bud) Balcer
Mary and Dick Condon traveled by car to the
upper peninsula of Michigan (2,000 mile round
trip) and were gone 10 days. Since Topaz, Mary's
home town was celebrating its Centennial along
with two neighboring towns, it seemed a good time
for Mary, her remaining six sisters and her bro-
ther, to have a family reunion. There were ten of
them, plus spouses, as well as seven nieces, neph-
ews and a cousin. Mary started her teaching career
in that area.
In May, Keith York, of Fayetteville, went to
Mobile, Alabama, for a reunion with submarine
crewmates from World War II days. In July, Winona
York traveled to Salt Lake City to visit her
daughter, Kerry Davis.
Lee and Harry Butz, of Springdale, Arkansas,
were surprised and delighted to have 19 blooms on
their tropical night-blooming cereus cactus plant.
It was reminiscent, on a smaller scale, of the
gorgeous row which bloomed in Balboa, at the foot
of the Administration Building, many years ago.
The senior Butzes also attended a reunion of
the Butz clan in Oklahoma, and also attended the
musical, "Oklahoma" at Sand Springs, where the
katydids provided additional music to the excel-
lent evening performance.
Earl and Maxine Wrenn, Springdale, flew out to
Tacoma, Washington, in July to attend the 50th
wedding anniversary of Earl's brother and sister-
in-law, Cecil and Irma Wrenn.
Carl and Petie Maedl drove to Minnesota the
latter part of May for a week's visit with family
and friends. They spent two days with Jim and
Grace Pfau at their home on Lake Cormorant. They
also visited daughter Pat and family at Deephaven.
Pat and Jim had just recently returned from a
golfing visit to the Raymond Crofts in Dallas,
Texas. The Maedls went on to Charleston, Illinois,
to visit their other daughter and family, Pam and
Vince Gutowski and three grandchildren. Frank had
just returned from taking part in a State Science
Fair, in Champaign, Illinois; Carl was preparing
to go to a National Boy Scout camp in New Mexico;
and Jennifer had received a scholarship to attend
a sumner art camp at Eastern Illinois University.
Frances B. Whitlock, "the happy traveler from
the Ozarks" wrote your reporter a beautiful, long
letter about her trip east, including the Reunion,
and her meeting with her two daughters, Andree Lee
(Whitlock) Collins and Jacqueline (Whitlock) Wer-
brouck and her husband Marcel. They spent a day on
the Scandinavian Saga in the Gulf of Mexico
and later meeting her grandchildren, Andrew Whit-
lock II, Maureen (Egger) Whitlock, great-grandson
Andrew A. Whitlock III, and Richard Egger, father
Frances will remain in St. Petersburg until
August 7, visiting her son Pablo, Shirley, Mrs.
Jinny Karst, Shirley's mother, and enjoying her
stay in the Tampa Bay area.
She says she is fighting the "Battle of the
Bulge" and enjoying every minute of it!
From our Roving Reporter
Congrats are in order for Annabelle (Lee)
Grills who was recently promoted in the U.S.
Attorney's Office, San Diego, from Asset Forfei-
ture to Supervisor. She has been attending confer-
ences in many parts of the country, yielding some
surprise visits with Canal friends. In Washington,
D.C. in October, she met Margarita A. Michnewicz
of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami and for-
merly of Balboa. In Tucson in June, she met a for-
mer Colon girl, Margaret Henry, who is associated
with the same Miami office. Joe has been busy also
attending a conference on National Drug Enforce-
,.nt in New Orleans. While there, he had lunch and
dinner with Capt. Jerry and Alice Robinson. He was
a pilot in the Zone and she was a nurse.
Bill and Ruth Beers own a time-share in Ocean-
side, but in February they swapped for a week in
Palm Desert, ensuring they'd play golf every day.
After spending months in bed with a fractured
spine, Marie (Hughes) Browder is wearing leg bra-
ces but getting along well. She was delighted with
a recent call from Jerry Relahan, former buyer for
Canal Zone Comnissaries. He and his wife Alice,
now deceased, lived on Ridge Road. He plans to
move to Pennsylvania. Also Martha Lerchen called
from Seminole, Florida. She is happy to have Anna
Wright, Enra (Walbaun) Zierton, and other Zonians
living in the same complex.
Off for the Big Apple and a cruise have been
John and Beverly (Neville) Fawcett. They took in
the shows in New York and a Viking Lines cruise
of the Caribbean.
It was a first trip anywhere alone for Roy and
Arby (Mathews) Call and it lived up to all their
expectations. They spent nine nights on Kauai,
Hawaii and four nights on Oahu.
Jean Tsuya and her three daughters of Douglas,
Arizona recently spent a month in San Diego with
Jean's parents, Moises and Jean (Steinhart) de la
Pena. Moises will continue to sell tickets for the
San Diego Padres and enjoys the camaraderie.
Out from Mesa, Arizona for a couple of spring
days was Martha (Peterson) James on her regular
visit with Nancy (Norton) Carter. Martha attended
Balboa Elementary School.
Hedvig Seedborg had a total shoulder replace-
ment on May 1st and is happy the job is now com-
plete with hip and shoulder. She is still involved
with therapy but is doing very well, according to
Four generations of Cottons. 1989. L-R:
Fred Cotton and grandson Kevin, Fred's
son Keith and son Jared, and Arthur,
taken in Deltona, Fla.
Not content with "clowning around," special
olympics, and Girl Scouts, Lolita (Provost) Pack-
ard just took a trip to Singapore and Malyasia to
check out a tour for seniors. "Mostly on my own,
attended a travel agent convention in Singapore
and took the Asian Express to Kuala Lumpur. Since
this was part freebie I was added to a group of
21 Germans to attend the Thaipusam Festival. They
did not speak English; and, of course, the local
tour guide gave all lectures in German! Did have
a good time with them....The Hindus celebrate once
a year. Early in the morning (3 AM) thousands
follow a silver chariot, more than seven kilo-
meters long. Devotees carry 'Kavadis'-steel arch-
es and long spikes and metal hooks. Enjoyed Kuala
Lumpur and also Malaka and Penang. Penang is the
Hawaii of Asia-beachcomber type hotel.....Several
weeks ago returned from a three-safari in Kenya,
Africa-only five of us on the Saga Tour. Enjoyed
seeing all the lions, elephants, large herds of
impala, waterbucks, Dik-Diks, etc. Unfortunately,
the animals are being poached and civilization is
taking its toll."
Blessings to all and remember, if we don't have
your news, we can't print it.
MAKE THE SECRETARY'S DAY -
PAY 1990 DUES NOW!
Once again the Panama Canal Reunion is over and
as usual it was a huge success. Dottie and Ernie
Yocum had as their guest her sisters Rosalie Cook,
from Hampton, Va. and Violette Smith from Wads-
worth, Ohio and two great nieces Rachael and
Malissa Prenkey from West Salem, Ohio a brother-
in-law Melven Schnidt from Ohio. Dot says Ernie
is doing fine from his hip surgery and is on the
mend at last.
N A .. j
Paul and Sharon (DeVore) Glassburn at
his retirement party (luncheon) in May,
Marge and Pete Foster had their daughter June
Trim and her two children John and Jacquie from
Friendswood, Texas as house guests. I met this
adorable young lady at Brown Baggers at Fran
Stocks recently. She is starting young coming to
a Brown Baggers meeting, don't you think? Just 7
months old and going to meetings! June Trim drove
over to Florida with Debbie (Boswell) Sanders and
her three daughters. Debbie is visiting her mother
and dad, Shirley and Jerry Boswell in Holiday.
Jane and Fred Huldquist, along with Dot and
Mike LaCroix and Ruth and Pete Tortorici spent a
week at the Lawrence Welk Resort at Escondido,
California in May. Their trip was marred by an
accident to Dottie LaCroix, who fell and broke her
collar bone while on a golf course, but still even
with that mishap, all enjoyed Southern Califor-
nia's golf courses and the San Diego Zoo.
Spoke to Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang recently and
she and Pete were excited about their daughter
Patti McPherson, who recently joined the staff of
Cypress Elementary School in Pasco County as a
Speech Therapist. Patti has a B.S.E.D. in Communi-
cation Disorders and is working towards her Mas-
ters Degree. She plans to move from Holiday, Fla.
to New Port Richie, Fla. in August.
Saw Betty Snow and she told me she had been to
Iowa City in June to attend her 40th Nurses Class
Reunion. Then on to Dallas, TX to visit with the
Lim clan. While there, Alvin Lim and his wife flew
in from San Salvador, where they had spent nine
months visiting in-laws. Betty said he regales us
all with hair raising stories of life under "war
The Buddy Williams had a family reunion before
and after the "BIG Reunion" in Tanpa. Harry and
Thelma Chan (with their son, Bruce); Doris and
Neilson (with son Tom Etchberger) were also in
town as well as Paul William. Pat and Cheryl
Williams arrived at Bev and Buddy's door unan-
nounced. Bev and Buddy were delighted to have
their grandchildren and two sons and daughter-in-
law visiting with them. Besides surprising his
parents, Pat and Cheryl brought enough Corvina for
a big dinner which everyone enjoyed.
Josephine Hilty Attia of Clearwater had her
sister-in-law Nining Ender with her two sons visit
her. Roland Linares and family were visiting
Gladys Mead and spent the evening telling all
about conditions in Panama.
Outside of closing down his reunion activities
and beginning to get the next issue of the Canal
Record on board, Pat Beall enjoyed seeing his
children at the Reunion, and was delighted to be
able to enjoy a dinner with them after the Re-
union. Son Bob came from Calestoga, CA to attend
his CHS '69 Class Reunion; son Dick came from
Tampa, and daughter Carol drove down from Mariet-
ta, GA. A surprise visitor to the Reunion was his
grandson, Warren Bell, son of Carol.
The 'ZONIAN AMIGOS' cruise in September will
enjoy the plans of Andrew Lim for our aboardship
entertainment while we are in Panama. Sounds ex-
citing, eh? Which reminds me to tell you as only
Betty Snow can tell it. Andrew Lim has a green
Amazon parrot named "Paco." Well, one day a thief
stole "Paco" from his cage in the back yard and
Andrew was determined to find his bird, so he
hired a detective. Well, the bird was found at
last and all had to go to night court. It was hi-
larious as I heard the story, as the parrot who
speaks Spanish and English regaled the court as
to how he was stolen. Needless to say, Andrew was
happy to see "Paco" alive and well.
Just a bit of news from this Area Reporter. My
daughter June and her husband David Steenmson are
now living in the good ole USA and will be resid-
ing in Lilburn, Ga. near their son Davis and
daughter Lori Snow and her family. I enjoyed hav-
ing my grandson Kenneth Gerhart and seeing Skip
and Bev Rowley with their daughters during REUNION
Once again a wonderful Pan Canal Reunion is a
thing of the past but what great memories we will
have. Now we can start looking forward to the 1990
Reunion to be held in Orlando.
I feel sure we are all going to greatly enjoy
the Twin Towers and the Court of Flags. Leo and
I met Hugh and Ann Hale in Orlando for a visit to
the Twin Towers to check on luncheon and cocktail
hour prices for our 45th class reunion next year.
The folks in charge of conventions couldn't have
been more accommodating and they seemed to be
looking forward to the Society Reunion next year
- especially after the four of us told them what
a unique bunch of people will be attending the re-
Ann and Hugh Hale with Leo Snedeker.
My dear friend Kathryn (Bitsy Gates) Anson and
her husband, Bob, spent a few days after the re-
union with Leo and me in our new home in the Lake
Helen Villa. Lake Helen's 4th of July celebration
is like the old time, small town, celebrations:
barbecues, relay races, games, greased pole, horse
show and beautiful fireworks. The Ansons stopped
off for a few days at the beach before heading
home to Seabrook, South Carolina.
Charles McGinn, Joy Randall Maale and
Bitsy Gates Anson.
I had a lovely phone visit with Margaret
Daggett in Dunnellon, Florida. I had called her
to find out where her son Wallace Crawford was.
Margaret told me that Wally and his wife Emily
(McGahay) Crawford are hoping to retire in the
near future and they plan to live with her in
Dunnellon. It is hard to believe that Margaret is
93 she sounded so alert and full of life. Wall-
ace and Emily's son, Wally I. Crawford live in
Diane Soyster of Orange City has had to have
surgery on her right hand. The doctors ascertained
she had a Ganglia. Unfortunately, she continued
to have problems and had to have more surgery but
now she is back at work at Fish Memorial Hospital
in DeLand and the hand seems to be okay. Dick
Soyster took a trip to Penn. to help his sister,
Helen Thanpson, celebrate her 85th birthday. There
were eleven children in his family and now Dick,
the youngest, and Helen, the oldest, are the only
ones left. After Dick returns, the Soysters plan
to visit their daughter Sue in the Keys.
Elise Snedeker Baro and Mack Lane.
I talked briefly with Dottie Gallager and she
and John had a great time at the reunion. Shortly
thereafter, John had to have a pacemaker installed
and is doing fine. Dottie had a 4-way by-pass last
February and is now feeling wonderful. Their
daughter, Mary Ann, has won a few ribbons at local
I talked briefly with Ed Hallinan of New Smyrna
Beach. He had just returned from a vacation trip
to Key West. On his way home, he stopped off for
a visit with Gene Vollmert, former Port Engineer.
Gene now lives in Lake Worth.
Please try to call me with news and activities.
It is becoming more and more difficult to gather
news for the Record. All you have to do is call
me or drop me a note. I am sure all of you enjoy
reading about your friends, neighbors and former
co-workers and they are just as interested in
you!!! My new address is 127 Cypress Circle, Lake
Helen, FL 32744.
Leona Sanders Snedeker
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Gloria Parker, Bob Geddes and Joe Coffin
Bob Geddes of Titusville, FL enjoyed a visit
from his sister, Gloria Parker of Inverness, FL
and Joe Coffin from York, PA. Joe was in Florida
to visit family members and to attend the Panama
Canal Reunion in Tampa.
Marion (Neely) Greene entertained the Canal
Zone Monday coffee group and their house guests
in her home at her traditional "Monday After Re-
union" coffee. Out-of-town guests included: Marion
Wells from Texas, Frances Viglielmo from Hawaii,
Nellree Berger from Tennessee, Alberta Powers
Harris from Kansas, Marion Kariger from North
Carolina, Anna "Toodles" (Warren) Setzer of Sun
City, FL and Stella (Boggs) DeMarr of Bradenton,
FL. The main activity for all was reminiscing and
rehashing the reunion. However, the group greatly
enjoyed Nellree Berger singing the hostess' favor-
ite hymn, "In The Garden," "The Lord's Prayer" and
in keeping with the holiday season, ending with
"God Bless America," (all with her own taped
accompaniment). Stella DeMarr also entertained
with her accordian, playing many of the popular
songs and requests from the group.
Colonel John C. Everson, USA, his wife Lyn, and
their two children spent several weeks in Sarasota
visiting his parents, Fi and Emo Evrson, and with
Lyn's family, Captain Frank Walker, USN Ret., and
Mrs. Walker on Long Boat Key, FL.
Col. Everson graduated from the Army War Col-
lege in Carlisle, PA on June 12, 1989. He has pur-
chased a home in Fairfax County, VA to be near his
new assignment at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Gladys Conley joined a tour group for a ten-day
tour of Nova Scotia. Highlight of the tour was the
trip through Halifax and seeing the Bay of Fundy,
whose 54 foot tide is the highest in the world.
She was also in Halfax for the "Porp Tatoo," a
semi-annual program with bands from all over the
world, including the U.S. Marine Band from Quan-
tico, Va. participating.
Craig and Vicki Halliday of Richardson, TX and
their children, Jessie and Jared, were recent
guests at the home of Al and Miriam Bissett.
Mary Orr's home was humming with activity when
her sister, Marion Wells, arrived from Kerrville,
TX for the Panama Canal Reunion and also to attend
her own Balboa High School there. Later Marion's
son, Dr. Fred Wells of Perth, Australia, visited
his Aunt Mary Orr and enjoyed visiting friends and
sightseeing. Both Marion and her son were enter-
tained by their many friends while here.
Lee and Iarion Kariger, who have spent the last
several months in Sarasota, returned to their home
in Murphy, N.C. after the Panama Canal Reunion.
Jay Cain and Myrtle Hughes spent the weekend
in Merritt Island, FL with Myrtle's daughter,
Sandra (Hughes) Claflin. Sandra is an Executive
Secretary at Cape Canaveral and they were able to
see many special activities at the wonderful
Apollo 20th Anniversary Ceremonies. Jay and her
husband, the late Harry V. Cain, had attended and
witnessed the historic Apollo flight in 1969 with
Blanche Hartman enjoyed a short visit by her
nieces, Anita (Boggs) Collins and her husband,
Albert Collins, of Fort Valley, GA; and Zona
(Boggs) Dowell and her husband, Harry Dowell of
Jacksonville, FL. They had attended the P.C. Re-
union and were en route to Jupiter, FL to see the
Collins' daughter, Brenda (Collins) Rice, and her
husband Jon and their children.
Blanche Hartman later flew to Fort Lauderdale,
FL for a visit with her sisters, Mary Sasso of
Panama City, R.P. and Dora Chatburn of Salinas,
Ecuador, and other relatives.
Gladys and John bcLain recently returned from
a six weeks' visit in Heilbron, Germany with their
son, Douglas MLain and family. Doug, formerly a
Music Instructor at Balboa High School, was trans-
ferred to Heilbron High School to teach children
of the military personnel stationed in Germany.
Doug's sister, Judy (M Lain) Feintuch, her hus-
band, Josi Feintuch and their two sons, residents
of Israel, joined Judy's brother and her parents
for a three-week visit in various parts of Europe.
Josi has accepted a position on the staff at the
University of Monterrey, in Mexico, teaching
American History, and with his family came to
Sarasota late in August. Judy and the children
will remain in Sarasota with her parents, Gladys
and John McLain, and will join her husband when
housing is available.
Fran Orvis enjoyed as her house guest, Alberta
Powers Harris of St. Mary, Kansas, following the
reunion. Alberta later flew to Antioch, CA for the
August 5th wedding of her grandson, Chris Brad-
shaw, son of her son-in-law and daughter, Dr.
Charles and Louise Bradshaw. The Bradshaws are
Southern Baptist Missionaries to Sweden and joined
them in Antioch, CA, where Dr. Bradshaw officiated
at their son's wedding.
The 1989 Panama Canal Reunion was a very spe-
cial time for George and Mayno Walker, as all of
their children were able to join them there.
Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach,
FL, who had earlier accompanied her mother to
Houston, TX to be with her brother, Frederick Wal-
ker, during extensive surgery, had returned to
Florida to enjoy family gatherings and Reunion
Frederick Walker of Corozal, R.P. was recuper-
ating at his parents' home in Sarasota and was
able to attend part of the Reunion and saw many
friends, co-workers and other family members
attending the Reunion.
Jeanne (Walker) Wagner and two daughters of
Eagle River, AK were vacationing in Sarasota and
enjoyed many Florida attractions and family to-
getherness, as well as seeing several former
Cocoli-ites and friends of Canal Zone days at the
Carole (Walker) Miller of Tampa, FL made the
family complete and all had great togetherness
with friends and other relatives at the Reunion.
Thanks to all the officers and persons respon-
sible for making this 1989 Panama Canal Reunion
so successful and such a memorable occasion for
so many people. 0
Thomas "Pop" Ebdon,
who celebrated his 100th
birthday in January, and
his son, Thomas J. Ebdon,
Jr., 74, of Sarasota, re- p
cently filmed a commer- 4
cial for Oldsmobile based '
on the Theme, "This is
Not Your Father's Olds-
mobile!" The younger Eb-
don does all the driving
while father has all of
the speaking lines. The commercial will air this
Gladys B. Hnprey
Marie Neal tells me that Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
Neal spent the week of May 27 to June 2 in Colo-
rado Springs and Denver, Colorado. On May 31, they
attended the graduation of Marie's great niece,
Kristen Belden from the Air Force Academy, Colo-
rado Springs. Kristen is the daughter of Air
Force Colonel Ken R. Belden, Marie's nephew. On
June 2 they attended the marriage of Kristen to
John Scott Oskarek of Arvada, Colorado, also a
graduate of the Air Force Academy.
Mary Hipsher, daughter of Bernice and the late
Sidney Hayes, and husband Mike of Mantahalla, N.C.
contended in the National White Water Competition
held in Colorado in July of this year. Mary is now
National Champion in woman's white water K-1
(Kayak-1 woman) class having taken first place
while Mike and his companion won in white water
(Canoe-2 man) class to become national champions
Bill Hayes, Yale graduate, actor on N.Y. Broad-
way, and of numerous film productions, now of
Lexington, Kentucky and brother, Col. John Hayes
of San Antonio, TX were guests during the recent
Canal Zone Society Reunion of their Aunts Evelyn
Hayes (widow of Troy) and Bernice Hayes (widow of
Sidney of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Anderson of Dothan, Alabama
were guests of the Gerald Neals for the Canal Zone
Reunion, also Frank Anderson, III.
The Camley sisters and hubbies managed to re-
unite again in May, June and July! Betty and Bar-
ney Forgeson and Beverly and George Dilfer met
in Harrisonburg, Va. with Mary Jane and Jess Lack-
lens in May for Mother's Day weekend to attend the
christening of the Lacklen's granddaughter Brit-
tany Caricofe. Then all went to visit the Lack-
len's abode. Beverly and George Dilfer enjoyed 2
weeks touring New England and eastern Canada and
Niagara Falls. On the way back to Florida, the
Dilfers and Forgesons stopped to visit Maggie and
Gordon Dalton in Pinehurst, S.C. Glad to see both
doing well and enjoying gardening Gordon at his
many vegetables and fruit and Maggie at her flow-
ers. In July, Beverly and George visited Betty and
Barney at Tierra Verde through the July 4th week
after attending the Canal Zone Reunion and Betty's
50th Balboa High School class reunion.
Thora and Dick Mahony had son Rick for a week
in May and Maggie and boys for a week during the
reunion. The Elmer Abbots had son Richard and
Barbara for a 2 week visit followed by a visit
from Bellamy's son Gerny and family during the re-
Warner Hoyle had his convalescence perked up
by a visit from daughter Virginia and family from
Connecticut during the reunion. Martha Lerchan had
both daughter Mary from New Mexico and son Frank
from D.C. visit recently.
May began a busy time for Gene and Ethel Askew.
It started with a 12-day cruise to the Caribbean
on the Costa Riviexa. Shortly after they returned,
daughter Nancy Goodwin and family arrived from
Panama, happy to be away from the stress. They
were able to be with daughter Christy as she is
attending the University of South Florida and son
Bob was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
and has been assigned to Terre Haute, Ind. He and
his family arrived and they had a wonderful family
reunion with just Linda and David missing. They
hope to celebrate their 50th anniversary in Nov-
Our granddaughter Suzanne Allgaier from Cali-
fornia spent 2 weeks with us. Sue will be attend-
ing school in England shortly.
Daughters Louise, Sue and I took a Caribbean
cruise in June.
Greetings fellow Zonians from hot South Flori-
da. The mango and avocado trees in the back yard
are simply loaded this summer. What a treat!
We've had a few visitors in the last couple of
months. Karyn Dumas flew in from Santa Barbara,
California. We visited with her at her sister's
house in Homestead. It was nice to visit with her
mother, Joanne, and sisters Sharon, Denise, Dana
and Cassy. Karyn recently bought a condo in Santa
Barbara so I suppose it is our turn to go and
Doug Allen had a lay over at Miami Internation-
al Airport in June so we picked him up and walked
around in the Coconut Grove area. We expect him
back overnight this coming weekend. As a pilot,
he gets a lot of time off and seems to be making
the most of it.
Rumor has it that Tim Calvitt is moving to the
South Florida area. He has received his degree in
Engineering and will be looking for work. His sis-
ter, Helen, has been successful working with Cus-
toms and enjoys living in Broward County.
Josie Tapia visited Miami a couple of weeks
ago. He is importing fresh seafood from Panama.
Hopefully, this will mean that we will be able to
purchase fresh corvina in the future. If so, I'll
be sure to let everyone know. We do get corvina
ceviche from a local deli in the Grove and it is
I had the pleasure of visiting with Frank and
Shirley (Fears) Anderson in Gainesville not long
ago. Their son Tyler is about 16 months old now.
Shirley has landscaped the land that their house
sits on and it is beautiful.
Received a postcard from Stanley Wright who was
in Spain with his girlfriend, Tricia. From Spain,
they were travelling on to Morroco. He will go
back to Germany in August for a year.
I imagine everyone has come back to life after
the reunion. I must say, though, that we had a
wonderful time at the Albritton's house in Tampa
the Sunday after the ball. The reggae band let
T-Bird (Tom) Pattison, Chuck Peterson, Steve Car-
totto and Jaco Petition play their instruments.
When they played "La Bamba," the sky seemed to
just open up and it poured!! We danced in the rain
and it was fun!
Karen (Newlon) Millins and her girls came to
Miami to visit for a week. Karen and I took a trip
to Key West and we found the Chinese glass fishing
balls that one could get in Panama at about the
Debbie Dobbins has moved back to Panama City
Beach and will be getting married in August.
Noreen Hanson was here before and after the re-
union; she is looking forward to moving to Miami
in the fall.
Got a call from David R. Patton who retired re-
cently from Panama. He and his family can be
reached at (305) 271-2156; they are living in the
Kendall area here in Miami.
If you have any news you want to include in the
Record, please either drop me a line or give me
a call. Remember that this is a forum for your
Janice (Cookie) Newlon
The reunion has come and gone and, as usual,
it was a huge success. We are already looking for-
ward to next year's reunion in Orlando, Florida.
During the reunion, we attended the annual re-
porters luncheon. It was very informative and we
enjoyed meeting our fellow reporters.
We heard the party by Mark and Mary Alice
(MEyers) Albritton on Sunday, July the 2nd, was
a blast. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend
as we were unable to function after the reunion.
Approximately 200 people attended and were enter-
tained first by a local reggae band, which was
followed by a few musically-inclined Zonians, in-
cluding T-Bird and Chuck Peterson.
Steve and Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman and sister
Andrea want to announce the birth of Lauren Marie,
the latest addition to their lovely family.
Enjoyed hearing from the Phantom of the Opera
out of Pensacola, Florida looking forward to
your next letter.
In closing, we would like to hear from any
residents or visitors to our area. Remember ...
if we don't hear the news, we can't report the
The 1989 reunion must have been a good one,
which I was sorry to have to miss. I look forward
to reports, both personal and via Canal Record. My
daughter, Katya DeLaMater, and I plan to attend
the 1990 reunion in Orlando and hope that my spec-
ial Zonian friend Elaine (Bohan) Johnson of Jones-
boro, Ark., might join us, at her first reunion.
Elaine speaks of her neighbors and good friends,
William and Yola (Zimnmerman) Bell, who lived in
Panama and who have a son who is a doctor in Ark-
ansas, one a stock broker, and their youngest an
Olympic pole vaulter. Elaine's sister Betty and
her husband, Dr. Ben Saltzman, live in Little Rock
where he is County Health Officer.
A rare thrill in June was a long-distance call
from my brother, "Billy D," of Panama, calling
From Florida where he was scuba diving and taking
in the "historical sights" with Bob Fearon, and
Kenny Morris from Panama, and Dorman Fulton, Jim
Selby, Billy Hatchett and Harold Sorell. Most of
them, including Bill, were to attend the reunion
in July, and Bill will be goofing that's golf-
ing in North and South Carolina and visiting
Frank Baldwin in Miami.
Enjoyed a fascinating conversation with John
Haines, General Counsel of the Panama Canal Com-
pany during his visit, with his wife, to Honolulu
to attend his Punahou class reunion and visit fam-
ily in Kailua.
booklet published in the 1930's "MAC-WAL-BAX,"
which I think was named for the poetry of John
McGroaty, the cartoons of Mike Walsh, and the es-
says of J.K. Baxter. A tad nostalgic this visit,
after 23 years! Willie and Jean drove me to visit
another dear Zonian friend, Lucille (Cook) Nanney
(BHS '34) and her husband David in Palo Alto. She
and I were neighbors and pals in the L.A. area
during WWII where we were with babies and without
husbands (overseas). Despite being "Lucille on
Wheels," she is as brilliant and delightful as
ever. Sorry I didn't see Jean Mitchel, but we did
visit Olive (Koperski) Nicholson and Nick at their
home in Saratoga where they stay when not in their
Another close friend and hostess, Millie Gret-
cher of Santa Rosa, CA., drove me through the
beautiful Sonoma wine country where we had lunch
at the elegant Executive Suites of Napa and then
visited another Zonian friend and former co-worker
Mrs. Scottie (Rosemond) Scott, in her home in Cal-
istoga. Scottie has certainly excelled in oil
painting, golfing and ceramics. Her daughter Joe
(Scott) Bernard and husband Al, who live in Wood-
side, CA., later on invited me to a lunch and
royal reunion at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
Also, I attended the annual reunion of the Sai-
gon Mission Association (in Dayton this year)
where we dedicated a memorial and a tall oak tree
(at Wright-Patterson AFB Park) to our friends and
co-workers killed as we left Vietnam in the evac-
uation in 1975. The beautiful and tearful -
ceremony included a flyover of jets with the mis-
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Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan and Col. Back, L-R: Bill and Jan (Koperski) Tay-
Hope Metzker (Ret) with their paintings lor, Virginia (Ridge) Dolim, Roy and Dot
of Diamond Head Lighthouse, Honolulu. (Kalar) Kennedy. Front: Margaret Sulli-
van McMillan and Hank Dolim.
On my short Mainland trip I visited my child-
hood chum and life-long friend Jean (Walsh) Kauf-
nan (CHS '37) and her husband Willie in Menlo
Park, CA., and revived fond memories of Cristobal
schools and scenes, where we learned to swim in
the Washington Hotel pool. We laughed at her col-
lection of original cartoons drawn by her father,
the late Mike Walsh, for newspapers and for the
Hank and Virginia (Ridge) Dolim enjoyed a grand
vacation trip to L.A., London, and a Scandinavian
cruise on the Crvin Odyssey, which included a stop
Capt. Frank Valin, Jr., who managed a fleet of
tuna boats in Panama for many years, under the
aegis of my uncle Bob Worsley of Agencia Worsley,
tells me he had the first company which delivered
frozen tuna to other countries and was the first
one to unload tuna at Taboga Island for transship-
ment to other countries.
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Lois Bates and Capt.
Honolulu's Elks Club.
Frank Valin at
Called Mrs. Lee Lamontagne (Nesta Morales) and
learned that she and her husband Bob have lived in
Hawaii 20 years, have a young son living in Japan,
and that lee's place of work for the past 14 years
has been two blocks from my apartment, so she and
I and my daughter Katya shall soon get together
for a lunch chat. Her brother John, whom I knew in
BHS days, and other family members live on the
Mainland; her sister Anita Buehlman lives in Boca
Raton; and that Lee often hears from Anita (Dan-
iels) Asmussen. Nesta harbors the same fond mem-
ories of Panama which most of us share but has not
returned there for many years.
My apartment house (mi casa for 14 years) has
been sold to a Japanese hui, causing most of us,
the tenants, to seek another abode. Liz Bledsoe,
who lived in the Canal Zone during the 1940's, is
moving to Las Vegas, and is donating to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida museum the 35mm slides
she and her husband took in remote areas of the
interior of Panama and of the Balsaria, along with
two nails and one spike from the French transisth-
mian railroad. The World of Poetry has published
three more of her poems and presented her with
Lois (DeLaMater) Bates
Claud and Ruth (Wood) Lyon combined their at-
tendance at the annual reunion of the PCSOFL in
Tampa with a trip down memory lane.
They spent a couple of days with Teddy and
Alice (Raymond) cGann in Orlando. While there,
they visited a cousin, Joy (Finlason) Grantham
and her husband Bill, in Windemere.
Then a couple of days were spent with Curtis
and Emily Bliss of Rockledge. This was the first
get together since 1951.
Then it was on to Miami where a few days were
spent with a brother, Carlyle Lyon and his family.
Ruth and Claud then spent a few days in Largo
visiting a relative, Eola (de Leon) Hamblen and
her husband Bob. They also visited Dr. Terry
Hamblen and his family and Ruth's first cousins
Frank and Norman Finlason in Tarpon Springs.
From Largo it was on to Tampa for the reunion.
Aside from attending a fifty-year class reunion
in Colorado last year, this was the first Panama
Canal Society Reunion that Claud and Ruth had at-
tended. It was a very enjoyable experience. It's
a great feeling to meet your high school friends
again after so many years.
Ruth's cousin, John and his wife Shirley
(Crews) Finlason of San Diego were at the reunion
also. They spent some time in Florida doing some
visiting and then drove to Indiana and spent a few
days with Ruth and Claud. One of the activities
there was a luncheon cruise on the Ohio River on
the River Queen. While on the cruise, Shirley won
a prize in a broomstick horse race in which she
rode a horse named "Over-rated".
Another Indiana family from Mishawaka, Indiana
attended the reunion in Tanpa. It was Jackie
(Whitlock) Werbrouck and her husband, Marcee. They
also combined the trip to the reunion with a fam-
ily get together. Besides their time at the re-
union, they were able to get together with Jack-
ie's mother, Frances Whitlock of Fayetteville,
Ark. and sister Andree Collins of St. Louis, Mo.
The four family members took an all day cruise on
the Sea Escape Line out of St. Petersburg. Other
family members with whom Jackie and Marcee were
able to get together included her brother Paul
Whitlock and his fiancee Shirley (Karst) Alexaitis
of St. Petersburg, cousin Jean Ann (White) McGinn
and her husband Charlie of Alexandria, Va., neph-
ews Andrew llhitlock of Texas and Jack Whitlock of
St. Petersburg, cousins David Dickerson and wife
Mary Jane of Houston, Tx., Fred Huldtquist and
wife Janie of Seminole, Fla., and Bud Huldtquist
and wife Betty of Dothan, Ala.
While at the reunion in Tampa, Jackie met for-
mer classmates (CHS class of 1949) Larry Horine
and Jean (Dough) Judge. Plans are being made for
a joint class reunion (Cristobal) and Balboa High
Schools, class of 1949) in Orlando next year.
Ruby "Kitty" (Pabon) Robinson and her husband
Forrest of Franklin, Indiana report that Doris
(Pabon) Perkins, her husband Ray and their daugh-
ter Lisa stopped for a visit. Also, during the
Kentucky Derby, Kitty and Forrest visited Eddie
Pabon who lives in Louisville, Ky.
Jane McCauley of Indianapolis reports that her
daughter-in-law, Carol McCauley, as well as her
four year old granddaughter, Meghan, visited her
for a few days in May. Carol and Meghan live in
the San Francisco area where Jane's son, Dennis,
works for United Airlines.
Jane also reports that her youngest daughter,
Marjorie, of Boynton Beach in Florida, along with
her husband and their six year old daughter, plan
to visit her in July.
Another interesting item reported by Jane is
that in late July she will be moving from the
Indianapolis area to Terre Haute. She will be buy-
ing and living in a house which is 100 years old.
Jane's grandmother also lived in this house for
fifteen years. Jane would like her Canal Zone
friends to know that her new address will be 724
South 4th St., Terre Haute, Ind. 47802.
Claud E. Lyon
Adele Farbman Adams, formerly of New Orleans,
dropped us a short note from new digs in Phoenix,
Ariz. Robbie has taken a great job there and they,
with Elyse, are buying a house and settling in for
Sue Barfield-Chelette's sister, Sarah Barfield
Cohen, visited for two weeks in March. Sue spent
April designing and sewing a wedding dress, in-
cluding handwork attaching pearls and beads, for
son Eddie's bride, Lesley (see Weddings). Eddie's
dad, Dewey Chelette of Pineville, and Sue hosted
a rehearsal dinner at Sue's with a real Cajun
crawfish broil and beer.
On May 22 Sue's daugh-
ter, Doriane Mari Chel-
ette, graduated from high
school with a 3.5 aver-
age. She plans to major p
in psychology at North-
western University in
David is with the
Coast Guard out of New
Orleans and has been
working in Florida, Tex- Doriane Mari
as and Mexico on a con- Chelette
Hilda Fernandez Fletcher phoned to announce a
move from Morgan City to Baton Rouge. After 12
years with the Coast Guard in Panama, Don was
transferred to Morgan City before retirement. He
still works as an Admeasurer consultant from his
home and issues Pan Canal and Suez certificates.
Milda is a 1955 graduate of St. Mary's.
Ann Gerhardt in the piney Walker woods sent
this reporter a clip from the St. Petersburg Times
about the reunion. Upon seeing the names of Carl
Starke, PCS president, and Vic May, reunion coor-
dinator, she recalled they were just boys when she
knew them and now they are retired old men. Miss
Ann will be 90 in December.
John R. Gough, Sr. writes that they enjoyed a
visit from Will Jordan (BHS '65) in July. The
Jordans and the Coughs were neighbors on Taver-
nilla Street in Balboa in the 1960s. Will was a
Pan Canal tugboat skipper from 1981-6 and now does
the same for an offshore oil drilling company out
of Morgan City. Son John R. Gough II (BHS '64),
who was living with his dad in Marrero, has moved
to 5902 Memorial Hwy. #1411, Tanpa, FL 33615,
(813) 885-6049. Kathleen celebrated her 80th
birthday July 9 and was feted at a party hosted
by her sisters, Mrs. Isabel Breaux and Mrs. Beryl
Breaux (Cooke) of Westwego.
Gregg shorthand takes on new meaning with let-
ters from Gene. The reunion was a fiesta, he says,
especially upon seeing Charlie McGinn again after
35 years. Gene also enjoyed passing time with Arde
Weich and her mother, Mrs. Reggie Armstrong. Or-
lando promises to be "a real blaster" when CHS '45
gathers with the help of Bitsy Gates Anson, Bill
Hele, Joy Maale, Jack Reilly and Leona Snedeker.
Gale, Bob and Molly spent time in Mandeville, be-
fore traveling to California. Bob has finished at
Brooks in San Antonio and will report next to Fort
Rucker in Alabama. Young Gene is at Fort Leonard
Wood, Mo., for eight weeks training with the La.
National Guard. Marian and Gene will go up for his
graduation. Clayton and Lynn went to Bermuda for
their 10th anniversary celebration, rode mopeds,
wrecked mopeds, but are all right. Laura is at
Nancy's in Baton Rouge attending LSU summer
school. She's had states-side corrective surgery
on her broken leg and new hubby Juan Roa has join-
ed her, so all's well. Marian and Gene plan a fall
Vivian Haydel helped celebrate on July 5 the
first birthday of her great-granddaughter, Katie,
the daughter of Kathy and Joseph Saltafornaggio.
Kathy is the daughter of Norman Haydel (BHS '50).
The family enjoyed the get-together and the birth-
day girl had a great time.
Billie Landrum has moved to Shreveport and
spent a week before the reunion at Gulf Shores,
Ala., with her son Mack, his wife Sylvia Glass,
their children O.M. and Misty, and her daughter
Priscilla, her husband and children. Earlier in
the year Billie drove out to San Diego and Seattle
with Fern Glass, seeing old CZ friends along the
Robin Mitts (now Lacrouts, see Weddings) has
moved, gotten married, taken a new job and ac-
quired a registered, tri-colored beagle named
Precious, all in just a few months. She left Pan-
ama the summer before her senior year and finished
school with honors in Tucson, Ariz., where she
stayed with her sister. She still keeps in touch
with old buddies Debbie Erhart and Stacey Keith,
Vannia Evans has con-
Jim McKeown and Bill Hatchett ready to
take on all comers in Canal Zone Express
at the Irish-Italian Open, Destrehan, LA
Jim McKeown and Bill Hatchett participated in
the annual Irish Italian Open at ormond Country
Club, Destrehan. Theymay not have won the tourna-
ment, but with the food and drinks and fanfare
over their "Canal Zone Express" golf cart, they
were the fun-and-good-times winners.
Evelyn Sanders enjoyed the reunion with her
sister, Lavina Tomlinson, and loved the chance to
see old childhood friends and classmates to ex-
change phone numbers and addresses. Without the
reunion lots of friendships would be lost, she
Patt Foster Roberson
Received a nice letter from Ann Walker Haynick
in Kalamazoo, Mich. after a long chat on the tele-
phone, and she writes:
Bill Walker (BHS'75) lives in Tampa and enjoys
the Pan Canal Reunions! (He's my brother). Still
single, he's on the go selling mortgages and
condos and has fixed up his home nicely in one of
Tampa's older sections.
As for me, I'm a BHS'74 graduate and went to
the University of South Florida in Tampa and got
my teaching degree there. I married Dale Haynick
in Williamsburg, Va., and have two sons, Matthew
(7) and Mark (4). Dale's in Quality Assurance
for the Upjohn Company and I'm a Portage Public
School teacher, teaching English and reading at
the middle school level. As a belated celebration
of our 10th anniversary, July 9-16 will find us on
a Regency Cruise to the Caribbean which includes
a partial transit of the Panama Canal. I've always
and thanks to the Record,
wanted to share that awesome sight with my husband
and now we'll have the opportunity!
Susie (Knick) Krimner and husband Michael (both
BHS'74) reside outside Wright-Patterson AFB, Day-
ton, Ohio. They have 3 children, Matthew, Megan
and Manda. Susie was maid of honor at my wedding
and Dale and I were in her bridal party a year
later in 1979.
Jayne and Steve (BHS'74) Cody are living in Vir-
ginia Beach and had a baby girl in December '88
named Erin. Steve is in the U.S. Navy.
Lt. Lynette (Lamar) Lowrimore and husband (Cap-
tain) Gregg, are turning their two daughters Katie
and Jennifer into "Britons" as they have been sta-
tioned at an Air Force base in England for over 5
years now. They enjoy travel to many nearby coun-
Kip (BHS'74) and Kelli Warton are also Air
Force people, living in New Mexico with sons Mat-
thew (8) and John Thlmas (2). They visited us
when we lived in Ohio about 7 years ago. Seems our
classes "Most likely to Succeed" are doing just
Vicki (Miller) Moehrig (BHS'74) and husband
Richard and three children live near LaVernia, TX.
Pete Rcmaneski ('74) and wife Angie live in
Pensacola, FL. with their 3 children.
Lillian (Meyer) Bristol sells Brite Products
music/songs for youngsters while husband Steve is
in real estate in Glendale, CA. and raising 5 dau-
Wynter (McFatridge) Chauvin (BHS'75) keeps act-
ive in Nacogdoches, TX., with husband Tim.
Debbie (Connors) and Tony Vanderbeek have two
children. With an Army assignment in Germany, they
try to visit her parents Gene and Judy Connors of
Virginia Beach often.
Gloria (Dahlstrom) Potocek (BHS'74), working in
the Washington, D.C. area, met and married Rick in
1982. They have 3 children.....
Anita (Daniels) Asmussen
Betsy Bivin sent us a postcard of Miraflores
Locks after spending six weeks in Panama with her
son and his wife for the birth of her granddaugh-
ter. Betsy moved from McComb to Sarasota in Aug-
Chita Cassibry won't be birding in New Jersey
this year, but did a "big day" (that's birder's
talk for counting) in Mississippi in May. In July
the Cassibrys were visited by their daughter,
Linda Mack, and her two sons, Joey, 6, and Stevie,
4, from Stuttgart, Germany, where Linda's husband
Joe is stationed. With the boys in the house,
Chita says, business has picked up around here.
Daughter Peggy will also join them for a visit
while Linda is there. The Cassibrys are looking
forward to the Gulf Coast picnic Sept. 30.
Diabetes has caused Clairee Chisolm to change
her eating habits and she lost 10 pounds in three
weeks. Roger is about the same. Things are quiet
with the grandchildren all gone. Brian will be
coming back from Florida, but Jeff is staying
there next year with her mother and going to
school. The garden is full of tomatoes, watermelon
and cantalope and the apple trees are loaded.
While arthritis makes writing difficult for Clair-
ee, we do appreciate her notes.
Opal Harvey is enjoying a house full these
days. Daughter Carol (CHS '51) and husband Jimmy
Johnson have moved in to help out. Although Opal
still gets around, visits her brother and sister
in Meridian, and works in her flower garden, it's
nice having family in the house. Carol and Jinmy
met on the Zone when he was stationed with Army
Special Forces at Fort Guilick. He's retired now.
Carol's daughter and Opal's oldest granddaughter,
Debra (CHS '74) and husband Ken recently moved to
Meridian from California. Debra's son George, II
is visiting from California where he lives with
his dad. Debra's father is Bob Wilford (CHS '50)
also of California. Dick and Sheila Heath were by
for a visit on their way to Colorado to visit
daughter Cindy and her husband. Dick worked at
Gatun Locks until about 1982. Sheila (nee Curley)
is from Balboa. Opal's husband was Raymond L. Har-
vey who retired from Motor Transporation on the
Atlantic side in 1962. He died eight years ago.
Carol's other daughters by Bob are Liz who has a
son Sean, 5, and Linda who has two daughters,
Amanda, 3, and Desiree, 4. With Ed Coe (BHS '50)
of Portland, Ore., Carol has another daughter,
Holly, married to Oscar Iheeler of Spring Hills.
They have Arabian and quarterhorses. Holly is re-
membered in horse-show circles in Panama. Carol
hopes to round up the family for the September
Gulf Coast picnic.
Gerda and Owen Smith came to town with grand-
daughter Toby Dixon (daughter of Owen's daughter
Carol Leigh and her husband Norman Dixon of Flori-
da) to treat this reporter to a sold-out perfor-
mance by Olympic and world figure skating cham-
pions on a coast-to-coast tour. The spectators at
the 1988 winter games in Calgary had nothing on
us. Brian Boitano, Debi Thomas and Katarina Witt
were among the 25 stars who performed. Before the
show we had dinner at Mulatte's, a popular cajun
restaurant, and drove through LSU's campus sight-
seeing. Now Toby might apply for enrollment when
she's eligible. The Smiths also enjoyed a recent
visit from son Rusty, his wife Sheila and family,
up from Panama.
Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774- 7761
Final Chapter. The past two and a half years
have raced by with scarcely a marker to remind us
that time really does fly. It has been a very ful-
filling and rewarding time with career advance-
ment, a new family, and seeing friendly and famil-
iar faces some from here and some from there.
But like life itself, we all must face change. For
me it will be a career move to Anniston, Alabama.
I will assume the responsibility of Producer/Di-
rector for the Educational Television Branch at
Fort McClellan. It will be great fun to return to
the East for a change. I will leave New Mexico
without getting my fill of Green Chile Stew or
Stuffed Sopapillas, or all the great Mexican food
that makes Albuquerque famous. I'll save these for
a rainy day. Mr. Mike lhavez has graciously con-
sented to assume the responsibilities of being
your area reporter. Please contact him with your
news. His phone number is (505) 266-8020. Best of
luck to all of you. And remember "Christmas is
when you mix the green chile with the red chile."
Ay ya ya-eeee!
Jean and Jack Dombrowsky celebrated their Gold-
en Anniversary on Saturday, July 8th, with a fami-
ly get-together. Family members who honored them
were Jean's sister "Bricky" Pattison of Austin,
Texas, their son Dale of Lakeland, Florida with
his sons Scott and Jason, their daughter Barbara
Sanders with her daughter Carol and son Scott Har-
mon. Jean and Jack were married in the Balboa
Union Church on Saturday, July 8, 1939.
Jean and Jack.Dombrowsky on their Golden
Ruth and Bill Tillman celebrated their 50th
Wedding Anniversary at an open house at the Ken-
mure Country Club on July 16th. Over one hundred
friends and relatives attended the lovely party
planned by their children. Shirley (Tillman) Craf-
ton was a charming hostess for the gala affair.
The ex-Zonians attending from out-of-town were
Ethel and Jesse Tate, Columbia, S.C., Eletheer and
Jim Catron, Aiken, S.C., and Jo and Lloyd Kent
from Boca Raton, Fla., Bill's brother, Ross, came
from Phoeniz, Ariz., and Danny Crafton (Ruth and
Bill's grandson) from Boston, Mass.
Ruth and Bill Tillman on their Golden
Isabelle (Izzy) Gibson and her sister-in-law,
Doris Gibson, spent two days with Elizabeth Quin-
tero on their way home to Florida from New England
in early June.
Harriet and Bud Journey from Poulsbo, Wash.,
were guests of Linnea and Ron Angermuller for a
week in May.
Ann and Alan Bentz, Stonington, Conn., spent
several days with Betty Bentz in the middle of
June. Betty will go to Stonington in August to
help celebrate Ann and Alan's 42nd anniversary.
Llori and Jay Gibson and their three children
from Gamboa spent a month in their home here in
Mills River. Their visitors from Florida during
that time were Jo and Lloyd Kent, Veta Hatchett
(Llori's grandmother), her sisters, Beth Trout and
Kerry Young with her three children.
Peggy and Lloyd Roberts of Daytona Beach
stopped on their way home from Virginia to see
Carmen and Charlie Howe.
Priscilla and Bob Dunn from Gamboa, with their
children, Randy and Katrina, are here for the sum-
mer at their home in Mills River. Randy will enter
N.C. State in Raleigh in the fall.
Betty and Bill Dunning have their daughter,
Cheryl, home from Germany for the summer. They
attended the reunion and are visiting relatives.
Jean Dombrowsky's sister, 'Bricky" Pattison
of Austin, Texas, spent two weeks with her in
Joyce (McCaughey) Gasing stopped overnight with
me on her way home to Fargo, North Dakota from the
Alice H. Roche
Mrs. Margaret Davis of Azalea, Or., and daugh-
ter Claudia Allsup of Charleston, Or., flew to
Atlanta, Ga., and were met by her other daughter
Pat, who drove them all to Florida where they at-
tended the Reunion. It was Claudia's first atten-
dance. She also went to her 1959 Class Reunion.
Needless to say, she enjoyed the experience. She
was honored as being one of the members who trav-
eled the farthest to get there. After the Reunions
they flew from Atlanta to New York to visit Claud-
ia's daughter Betsy, before returning to the North
Betsy (Lasher) Curtin is
the daughter of Glen and
Gladys Lasher of Vancou-
ver, Wash. She is pres-
ently employed as Assoc.
Manager 9 Tower, respir-
atory telemetry, at Dea-
coness Hospital, Spokane,
Wash. Prior to coming to
Spokane, Betsy was Asst.
Director of Nursing at
South Miami Hospital,
Betsy (Lasher) Curtain was awarded the
Academic Honor (hence the Rose) upon
graduation from Barry University, Fla.,
where she earned a B.S.N.
Ewart and Lillian Harvey of Bremerton, Wash.,
dropped in for a visit. I invited the Towery's to
join us, and each renewed old friendships of Canal
Zone days. Lillian is an avid "walkabout" walker,
and enjoys seeing new territories. Ewart visits
friends or patiently awaits her return.
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L-R: Lillian and Ewart Harvey, John and
My daughter, Marcy (Wood) Napoleon and my sis-
ter Peggy Bradley spent their vacations in the
cool Northwest. We had a wonderful time together
and took several trips around Washington.
Glenn and Evelyn Kimberling, on June 4,
celebrated their 50th anniversary in
their home in Vancouver, Wa. Friends and
relatives dropped in to wish them many
more years of happiness.
Hope to see you all at the Northwest Picnic Re-
union in Eugene, Oregon, on August 5, 1989. That
report will be in the December Canal Record.
Martha B. Wood
The event of the Memorial Day Indy 500 Race
brought the following Zonians together for a week-
end at Bill and Marty Lohrs in Sequim, WA.: Cec
and Donna Caudill, Don and Sandy Seymour, Phil and
Weulcia Wilkins, Floyd and Bev Baker, and Jim Sni-
der. Missing were Lee and Kathy Snider due to the
death of Lee's father in Kansas. The back yard was
turned into Lohrs campground by the various RV
rigs. The Indy Pool was claimed by Floyd Baker.
Top L-R: Donna Caudill, Marty Lohr, Don
Seymour, Sandy Seymour, Bill Lohr. Front
L-R: Cec Caudill, Jim Snyder, Phil Wil-
kins, Welcia Wilkins, Bev Baker, Floyd
The end of June found Bev Baker in Houston,
visiting son Glen and Diane Baker and having a
chance to spoil her granddaughters, Danielle, 5,
and Brittany, 1. Bev was returning from a confer-
ence in New Orleans connected with her new posi-
tion as State Family Program Director for the
Washington National Guard.
In July the Bakers welcomed daughter Carol
Goodwin, husband Mike, and grandchildren Brett, 5,
and Leah, 2, for a visit. Trailer trips to Whidby
Island, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Rainier were high-
lights of their visit, and a refreshing change
from the 1180 heat of their new home in Chandler,
Tim Streeter recently had one of the lead roles
in "The Foreigner" produced by the Tacoma Actor's
Guild. His parents, Jack and Elsie Streeter came
up from Portland, Or. They were joined by other
Zonians Roy and Mary Ellen Knoop and Melaina Knoop
and Floyd and Bev Baker who all enjoyed an out-
Federal Way, WA.
From the Winslow Convalescent, on Bainbridge
Steve and Heidi Cochrane of Sebastopol, Ca.,
grandnephew of mine, and son of Jane and Jim Coch-
rane and Raymond Leach of Centralia, Wa., and his
two daughters Becky and Holly, paid a visit to me
on Valentine's Day. Had not seen Steve in 20
years. I entertained them with vegetarian and good
old Washington sea-food dinner from Capt. Kay's
Next came my niece Nancy Kaufer LanFranco and
Martin of Redlands, Ca., and again Raymond Leach
and his two daughters. Raymond is the son of Nancy
Kaufer LanFranco. We all talk on the phone don't
know how long since I saw her.
On Father's Day I called my nephew Ted Kaufer
in Tampa, Fla., and his wife Anita. So good to
hear their voices, and so close. What would we do
without loving families.
The residents and staff of Winslow Convalescent
Center celebrated a "Salute to America" and the
Centennial of Washington State on July 4 in an old
fashioned flag-waving way which was open to the
public. Over 25 guests from the community plus
residents heard brief addresses from Congressman
John Miller; Washington's Secretary of State,
Ralph Monroe, and Winslow's Mayor, Alice Tawresey.
Ms. Journey led the Pledge of Allegiance to the
Flag while Island Boy Scout Troop 565 raised the
flag. Mr. Miller awarded a placque to Jane Journey
who was selected a Unicare Health Facilities "Res-
ident of the Year." Ms. Journey, who was selected
from thousands of nursing home residents from
across the country, was selected because of her
personal achievements and continuing contributions
to help enrich the lives of others. She was also
recognized for her professional achievements and
"We are honored and excited that Jane has won
this prestigious award," said Sandra Bush, Admin-
istrator of Winslow C.C. "Jane has led and contin-
ues an exciting and fulfilling life, and all of
us at W.C.C. and Unicare are very proud that she
is part of our family."
Beside the placque, Ms. Journey's name and
achievements appeared in a special distribution at
the Unicare Annual Conference held in Milwaukee,
WI., between June 24-28, 1989.
So no one has to be concerned about living in
a nursing home, it is all up to each one of us.
Bainbridge Island, WA.
The Oklahoma Zonians met for a rousing good
picnic at Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma City on
April 29th. Thanks to the efforts of Carol Vid-
aurri and her mother, we enjoyed the convenience
of a choice "bohio" (in Oklahoma they are referred
to as "shelters"). It provided nearby parking,
running water, benches, and a long table large
enough to hold the load of good food brought by
the enthusiastic participants. There were 45 who
registered and possibly a few others who escaped
our vigilant registrar and treasurer, Laura Burns.
The assembled multitude at the Oklahoma
Chapter Picnic at Will Rogers Park in
The crowd was a nice mix of ages (from seven years
on up) and was about evenly divided between Atlan-
tic and Pacific siders. There were about half this
number at our first Oklahoma Pan Canal Society
meeting, so we were more than pleased with this
turnout. Bill and Teresa Keller and their 4 young-
sters from Woodward came the longest distance but
Terry and Cathy (Hoyle) Coleman and their daugh-
ters from Vici ran the Kellers a close second. The
Burns (Jean and Doris, son Scott and daughter
Laura), the Peter Butz family, Bill and Ester
(Butz) Clair, Rick and Renee (Carter) Collins and
their children, Ron and Alice (Lange) Jacobs came
from the Tulsa area while Joy (Lugo) Barnard,
David Lugo, Mr. and Mrs. Eliezar Lugo, Madeleine
Raffler, Bonnie (Ward) Rogers and son Scott, Barry
and Marg (Ward) Broadway, Tamas and Aymee (Lugo)
Diaz, Lillian Greniger, and Muriel (Woodhull)
Henry represented the Oklahoma City area. We were
pleased to welcome Virginia Smith from Arlington,
Texas. A typical happy Pan Canal time was had by
all. It was difficult for our President, Ester
Clair, to call us to order for a short business
meeting. It was decided that our fall meeting
would be another picnic to be held midday, Satur-
day, October 9th in a Tulsa Park. The exact place
will be decided in the near future and all members
will be notified. Again, any and all Zonians will
be welcome. Information as to what food to bring,
the exact location and how to get there can be
secured from Ester Clair or Mary Graham after
Bill Keller, wife Teresa, daughter Kim,
and sons Greg and Mike, Ester and Bill
Clair at the Oklahoma Chapter Picnic.
The Oklahoma Chapter was well represented at
the Tampa Reunion. Joy (Lugo) Barnard, David Lugo,
Bornie (Ward) Rogers, Ron Jacobs and Mary Graham
were there and hopefully will report on some of
the highlights at the October meeting.
Alice (Lange) Jacobs missed the Tanpa Reunion
for the very good reason that she has recently had
a kidney transplant. This is good news for it
means she will no longer have to commute to Tulsa
three times a week for a four-hour stint on a
renal dialysis machine. We will be looking forward
to seeing her and Ron at the October picnic.
Jean and Doris Burns were visited June 18-20
by Ed and Gloria Malin who live in Jacksonville.
The Malins were on their way to a square dancing
convention in Oklahoma City. At the end of June
on their way to a Shrine convention in Toronto,
Jean and Doris visited with Dean Kelly and family
in Canisteo, NY. All of Dean's children (Annette,
Raymond, Jonathan and 1heresa) and families were
also there so there was a rehash of Gamboa days.
(Jean and Doris got to visit with Zonians at the
Shrine convention, too.) On the way back home to
Tulsa, Jean and Doris stopped by Lansing, KS to
visit Lt. Col. Mike and Sharon Bates and family.
The Bates used to live next door to Jean and Doris
in Ancon. A fun time was had by all.
In early July, Harry Butz, Jr. (Ricky) came
from Reno, Nevada to help his brother, Pete, with
the house Peter is building in Sapulpa. Harry Sr.
and Lee Butz came from Springdale, Arkansas and
stayed with Bill and Ester (Butz) Clare. During
this Butz family reunion, Harry and Lee celebrated
their wedding anniversary and Lee's birthday. As
a part of the festivities, the grownups attended
the outdoor performance of the musical "Oklahona"
at Discoveryland. Bill and Ester hosted the family
at a dinner at their home in honor of Harry and
Lee before Ricky returned to Reno.
Mary V. Graham, M.D.
The Panama Canal Honorary Public Service Award
was established in July 1970 for the purposes of:
Encouraging and recognizing Isthmian residents
for their efforts in assisting the Panama Canal
Commission in accomplishing its mission.
Encouraging and recognizing the voluntary works
or services of Isthmian residents, including
employees, and organizations for their efforts
in improving the Isthmian community.
The award demonstrates the Canal organization's
appreciation to Isthmian residents, employees and
organizations for their voluntary acts or services
that assist the Commission or help improve the
Nominations for the award were requested from
Canal top management; civic, labor, fraternal and
religious groups; and from other Federal agencies
on the Isthmus of Panama. Nominations were review-
ed by the Incentive Awards Committee and recipi-
ents were named by the Administrator.
The award is in the form of a certificate
accompanied by either a gold, silver or bronze
The design for the medallion was taken from the
bronze plaque by James Fraser honoring the memory
of Col. David D. Gaillard. The original plaque is
set into the face of Contractors Hill. The adapta-
tion of the design for the medallion was done by
Mr. Frank Kwai Ben, an employee of the Panama
Canal Commission, with sculpturing of the medal-
lion done by Mr. J. Calabro of the Medallic Art
Company of New York. Each medallion is accompanied
by a small replica for wearing on suit lapels or
This past May, the Commission presented Panama
Canal Honorary Public Service Awards to 24 deserv-
ing individuals for voluntary acts or services
that assisted the Commission or helped improve the
Isthmian community. This year's presentations,
which were the 19th annual, were made in a formal
ceremony in the Rotunda of the Administration
Building to the following:
Mrs. Judith A. Baerg
Mrs. Thuy Berry
CSM Thomas M. Berry, USA
Mrs. Inez Helen Clark
Mr. Fred L. Clark
Mr. Raymond M. Dragseth
Mr. J. Thomas Ford
Mrs. Denise L. Manfredo
Mrs. Kathleen B. McAuliffe
Mr. Richard McNatt
Mrs. Tilcia R. McTaggart
Mr. John M. McTaggart
Petty Officer Russell Mitchell, USN
Mrs. Mercedes Rice
Mr. Carlos A. Rodgers, Jr.
Mr. John S. Samson
Mr. Rafael A. Samuels
Mr. Al Sprague
Mr. Edmund S. Stallworth, Jr.
Lt. Col. James K. Waters, USA
Mrs. Lynn Whitney
Captain Harry D. Whitney
Mr. Kenneth H. Willis, Sr.
Mr. Richard S. Zornes
J. Thmas Ford, Tilcia R. McTaggart and John
S. Samson were Balboa High School Class of 1955
graduates. This class now has six classmates on
the rolls of the Panama Canal Honorary Public Ser-
vice Awards. The other three past recipients of
the BHS Class of 1955 were: Doug Schnidt in 1975,
Burt Mead in 1977 and Joe Wood in 1981. BHS Class
of 1955 had approximately 150 graduates.
Since surmers on the Atlantic side are notor-
iously quiet, this will probably be a brief write-
up, which should make our editor happy!
Sadly, Richard and Collette Johnston and their
children, Teresa, Richie and Scottie, cut their
summer vacation a little short when they learned
that their Gatun quarters had been burned from a
fire that evidently started in a basement store-
room. It doesn't appear to be a total loss, but
even as I write this, they're assessing the con-
siderable damage. Even what doesn't get charred
by fire, gets largely ruined by smoke.
Also vacationing stateside at the time of the
fire were the Johnston's duplex neighbors, Bill
and Janice Fain Fpperson and their children,
Angie, Billy and Aaron. I don't know about fire
damage to their quarters, but there was a lot of
smoke there. It's certainly not a happy thing to
come home to. Our hearts go out to both families.
This summer hasn't brought the usual rush of
college students home. On hand, however, and most
welcomed are David, Tito and Danny Lowinger,
Frankie Hoover, Tom and Alan Eckel, David Cohen,
and possibly a couple others I've missed.
Jan Johnston, Wallace Teal and daughter Beverly
Teal are vacationing while their son, Kevin
Teal, house sits for them. Kevin is working for
the sunner at the Industrial Division under Al
Cohen's tutelage. Kevin heads stateside to college
Former Atlantic sider Kathy Snider was here
visiting for the month of July with her son-in-law
and daughter, Tim and Theresa Snider Herring, and
their six children, Tom, Chris, Mary, Joey,
Monique and James. Kathy is also spending a lot
of time with her daughter-in-law and son, Evelyn
Barraza and Tom Snider, and their kids Kristin and
Kyle. Kathy has been video taping lots of the
still beautiful sights here to share with former
Zonians back in Washington State.
Little Joey Plaisance is spending the sunmer
in Gatun with his dad, Brian Plaisance, and
Brian's new wife.
The Atlantic side did it up again this year for
the Fourth of July. Festivities, as has been the
case for several years, were largely held on Fort
Davis. Gilbert Sollas, who also acts as Fourth of
July Chairperson, served as this year's Parade
Marshall. He was really in hog heaven!
Gilbert Sollas serves as Grand Parade
Marshal for Atlantic side Fourth of July
Festivities on Fort Davis.
Norman Pedersen and Camille '%z" Mizerolle
headed up the efforts to put together two of the
parade's best floats. Norm's Statute of Liberty
Float won a trophy as "Best in the Parade," and
"Maz's" float, which emphasized the Panama Canal's
75th anniversary celebration, was presented a tro-
phy also. We last few "Zonians" are still making
our mark here.
Also receiving honors in the parade were Mr.
and Mrs. Goethals, portrayed by Robert Giese and
Lessie Walker, as they rode proudly along in Tim
Corrigan's perfectly preserved Model "T".
Robert Mizrachi reluctantly left the Isthmus
recently after spending 11 post-college months
sunning, surfing, substitute teaching and coaching
little kids' baseball. He's currently job hunting
in Tucson, Arizona, while living with his brother-
in-law and sister, Todd and Karen Mizrachi Atkins.
He's also enrolled for the January term at the
University of Arizona. We miss ya down here,
All of us on the Atlantic side were saddened
to learn of the PCC Administrator's decision to
shut down the Office of the Ombudsman. We're happy
to learn, though, that Ombudsman Bruce Quinn has
retired and begun new employment as a personnel
specialist with AAFES locally.
On hand for Leslie Griffin's graduation
from Carnegie Mellon University in Pit-
tsburgh are L-R, back: Lew Stabler, Bet-
te Darnielle, Toni Hill, Leslie Griffin,
Kathi Lessiack, J.'D. Griffin, Dan Grif-
fin, and L-R front: Lleana Brinsmade,
Griffin Hill, Timmy Stabler, Sue Stabler
Robbie Stabler and Jennifer Lessiack.
Finally, Lew and Sue Lessiack Stabler recently
returned from a states trip to see their daughter
Leslie Griffin graduate with honors from Carnegie
Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Also on hand for
the graduation were Kathi Lessiack, Jennifer Less-
iack, and a wonderful contingent of Griffins.
Leslie is currently working as a writer-photog-
rapher for the North Carolina Outward Bound School
in Morganton, North Carolina.
Guess that's all until next time.
June 15th was the date for visiting with the
folks from the Columbia area and the Aikenites
we haven't seen since our last meeting. Those pre-
sent at our pot-luck luncheon at the Seniors'
Clubhouse were Peggy Hutchison, Stade Carlson,
Virginia Smart, Beverly and LeJune Lard, Charles
Green, Arnold Jackson, John Everson, Phyllis and
Jack Woodzell, Grace and B. J. Hartley, Bea Lee,
William and Bernice Hill, Carol Smith (Kapinos)
and sons Andy and Mark, Verna and Andy Kapinos,
Lorna Shore, Trudi Clontz, Ethel and DeWitt Tate,
Eletheer and Otis Catron, Evelyn and Howard Hil-
born, and Jack and Jean Dombrwsky of Henderson-
ville, N.C. Our next luncheon meeting will be in
September date and location not yet decided.
L-R: Phyllis Woodzell, Jack Woodzell,
Lorna Shore, Arnold Jackson, LeJune Lard
L-R: Jean Dombrowsky, Grace Hartley, Bea
L-R: Carol Smith (Kapinos), Eletheer
Catron, DeWitt Tate, Jack Dombrowsky.
L-R: Otis Catron, John Everson, B.J.
Hartley, Howard Hilborn.
In early May, Ethel and DeWitt Tate spent a
week on Captiva Island and visited Ethel's sister,
Alice (Westman) Weigold and her husband Donald who
live on Sanibel Island. The Tates returned home
with an assortment of potted plants for the hang-
ing baskets on their balcony.
Evelyn and Howard Hilborn also traveled to
Florida in May for a 10-day "vacation from retire-
ment". In Tampa, they called on a cousin of Eve-
lyn's and then went on to St. Petersburg to see
a friend of hers from Ohio. In Bradenton, they en-
joyed a visit with Ruth Ellis who was a co-worker
at the Cristobal Terminals Division. Ruth is happy
with what she says is her last move. Ruth's broth-
er and sister-in-law, Thomas and Martha Barnes,
(formerly of Margarita) moved to Gauthier, Miss.
when they retired, but were so enchanted with the
Bradenton area when they visited, that they sold
their home in Mississippi, and now live about a
mile from Ruth. Thomas had worked for the Locks
Division in Gatun. Evelyn and Howard went on to
Sarasota to see Robin Comer and her sisters,
Billie Galloway, Maxine Hitchcock, and Ruth Gatz.
On Mother's Day, Billie's son Joe (now a resident
of Sarasota) and a friend cooked a delicious din-
ner for Billie which they all enjoyed. Evelyn also
spent a few hours with John and Gladys McClain and
caught up on news of friends and co-workers she
has not seen since retirement. They then traveled
Alligator Alley to Hollywood, Fla. to see Pauline
Kaplan and her brother, Ralph, who lives nearby.
An attempt at winning in a Florida Lottery did not
succeed. Heading north to Hutchison's Island, they
visited Russ and Mary Wagner. Russ was stationed
in Panama during the war and spent much time rid-
ing the Panama Railroad as a courier after a last
stop in Florida to see Howard's son, they returned
Deane LeBlanc and her daughter, Sandi Marie of
Miami, spent a week with her mother, Lorna Shore,
and while in Aiken attended her son Stephen's
graduation from Aiken High School. Joseph leBlanc
of San Diego, Calif. also attended his son's grad-
Carol (Kapinos) Smith and sons Mark and Andy
came to Aiken to visit Verna and Andy Kapinos.
Carol's husband, Robert Smith, is in Korea for a
year as Vice Wing Comnander. Daughter Mlissa and
son Mark will be attending Florida State Univer-
sity this fall, and Andy will be entering the Air
Peggy Hutchison and Trudi Clontz finally made
it to Sea World and Epcot the end of April and
very much enjoyed the various sights rides and
food. While in Florida, Trudi stayed with Kay and
Bill Butler for several days and while Bill was
on the golf course, Kay and Trudi took in some
sights in St. Pete ... and of course, did some
shopping. Kay, Bill and Trudi also made a quick
trip to see Polly and Phil Downs of Anna Maria
Island. Meanwhile, Peggy spent a few days with
Ruth Powell in Largo.
The past few months have been excellent here
although the mercury is pushing 105 degrees out-
side. It's fine as long as you can stay in the air
Memorial Day weekend was a blast since a bunch
of us Zonians were invited to the Davenport Ranch
for a fun-filled camping trip. Claybourne and
Helen Davenport have a beautiful place just out-
side Bandera, Texas. We caravaned out there with
Sue Ann Davenport, Dave Fehrenbach, Albert and Sue
Fehrenbach plus the Pattison's, Kat, Taomy and my-
self. Later we met up with Mary Fehrenbach and her
boyfriend Dan Bolhuif; Jaco Petiton and his girl-
friend Ruth Crow plus a couple of Sue Ann's
friends from work, Bridgette and Denise. Sue Ann
led us to a cave entrance and so some of the
brave ones followed world renown spelunker master,
Alberto Fehrenbacho, into the depths of unknown.
It was an experience and a half. Some of the
lighter activities included a bicycle expedition
to see fossilized dinosaur tracks. The rest of the
weekend was spent lying around the spring-fed
swimming hole at the camp site. A big thank you
to the Davenports.
We have a new resident here in Austin. My
mother, Frances "Bricky" Pattison (Coleman) has
decided to settle here. She is currently staying
at Stanley Wright, Jr.'s house while he's in
Europe. "Mom," as most of us call her, will be
renting Stanley's house from him as he plans to
return to Europe after a couple weeks back here
in the states. Mom came here to Austin from Panama
just before the election in May. Needless to say,
we are happy she got out before that mess erupted
and are also happy to have her here. She has also
just returned from a visit with her sister, Jean
DoIbrowsky (Coleman) in Hendersonville, North Car-
olina. Thanks for the delicious homemade pickles,
Congratulations go out to Stanley Wright, Jr.
and his girlfriend Trisha Fraga, as they have
announced their engagement to be married. The date
is still unknown. We wish the best to them both...
Cassandra Plaisance (Lane) was here in Austin
to celebrate Noreen Hanson's birthday with her.
We had a fun weekend down on Sixth Street and out
at Lake Travis. Mom Pattison had a little get
-together for Noreen. Happy number 29 and holding,
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, also known as Chef Boyar
"T", stopped by on his way to the reunion from
Panama. Mom Pattison also had a party for "T' at
Stanley's. Too bad Stanley couldn't make it. Val
Krueger and her "soon baby to be" drove up from
Houston for the event. It was good to see her.
While 'T' was here, we managed to make it down to
Sixth Street. I guess the stateside night life was
too much for him since we had to pour him into a
taxi to send him home early. Joe Carlin of Car-
lin's Bar wants to know when you're coming back
for another round of tequila and red-hots, 'T'...
Brian and Bridgette (Dolan) Donovan had a Four-
th of July party at their place on Lake Austin.
I was sorry I was unable to attend since I was
sick, but I've heard it was a great party.
The "Austin Zonies Dinner Bunch" met in June
at the Convict Hill Restaurant. It was attended
by Charles '"ick" and Shirley Cavanaugh, Harry
and Thelma Chan, Karen and James Clary, Newton and
Carolyn Cobb, Ted and Georgia Corin, Joe and Anna
Dolan, Tammie Lou Horter, Ernest "Buck" and Bar-
bara Krueger, Henry and Eugenia Lee, John "Jack"
and Jo Ann Morton, Edward "Bud" and Maggie iulroy
and their son Patrick Mulroy, Frances "Bricky"
'EWon' Pattison, Valeria Schroter and her daughter
Suzie, Jess and Gail Totten with their two child-
ren. I understand it was an enjoyable evening with
All for now; please feel free to contact me
with any news you might have.
Jim "Red" Pattison
Please remember to mark your calendar for De-
cember 2, 1989, the date of Hill Country Zonians'
Christmas Party at the Y.0. Ranch Hilton, Kerr-
ville, TX. The committee will have the notices in
the mail early in September. To be included on the
mailing list, contact Marilyn Carter (512) 896-
4596 or Bea Rhyne (512) 896-8643 or Elsie Larson
Kerrville was represented at the Reunion by
Clara Chanbers, Joe and Lorene Bialkowski, Marion
Wells and Bea Rhyne. Marion and Bea also attended
their BHS '39 class' 50th reunion.
Congratuations are in order for Ed and Juanita
Webster on the achievements of their granddaugh-
ters (Nancy (Webster) Lindenmeyer's daughters).
Debra Ann Lindenmeyer graduated from James Madison
Univ. in Harrisonburg, VA with honors, Sunma Cum
Laude. Connie R. Lindenmeyer, Frederick Comnunity
College, Baltimore, MD, was selected to appear in
the 1989 edition of "Who's Who" in American Junior
Colleges based on academic achievement, community
service, leadership and potential for continued
Joe Bialkowski attended the high school gradua-
tion of his grandson (lharlotte Bialkowski Wynne's
son) Vincent Wynne in Pensacola, FL on June 3,
Tom and Marion Rice and Jack Clay of California
stopped in Kerrville on their way to the Reunion
in Florida. They had a short visit with Bob and
Anna Calvit. Bob Calvit was hospitalized recently,
but is at home now and feeling better.
Betty Marshall is recuperating at home after
her hospitalization. She is feeling better, we are
happy to report.
Honey Fealey left the Texas heat behind for
cooler climes when she flew to Washington for a
visit with sons Gary and Jinmy and their families.
Marilyn Carter attended her class reunion in
Les and Muriel Johnston are enjoying all of
their children and their families who have gather-
ed at the family home this sumner.
L-R: John W. Right, proxy godfather,
Glenn C. Bradley, proxy godfather, The
Rev. John Belcher Fields Jr., great-
grandfather, John B. Fields IV, great-
grandson, Doris N.- Bradley, proxy god-
mother, Annette F." Fields, great-grand-
mother, Bea Wright, proxy godmother,
Jacquie Bishop, long time family friend
from Canal Zone. Baptized at St. Peter's
Episcopal Church, June 11, 1989.
On Sunday, June 11, 1989 in St. Peter's Episco-
pal Church, Kerrville, TX, the Rev. John B. Fields
baptized his great grandson, John B. Fields, IV.
John IV is the son of Margaret Fields, who is the
daughter of Janet Fields, the daughter of Annette
and John B. Fields. Both Margaret and John IV have
had their name changed to Fields by court order,
as did Janet, hence the Fields' name for all in-
Janet, Margaret and John IV came to Kerrville
for the ceremony as Fr. Fields and Annette found
it impossible to go to New Jersey as they had for
the baptism of Lindsay Cashman, the Fields' great
granddaughter, in June 1988.
BHS Class of '70 graduates, Kathy (Orr) Keenan
and Claudia (Hanbury) Edwards, net in Houston, TX
for a baby shower for Claudia on May 6, 1989.
Claudia's baby surprised one and all by arriving
six weeks early.
In July Robert and Anna (Patchett) Calvit had
a short visit from Andy and Irma (Patchett) Kreiz-
ich of Kirkland, Wa. Andy and Irma had attended
the graduation and presentation of wings to a son
of a friend of theirs at Corpus Christi. They then
drove to Kerrville, returning to Corpus Christi,
then flew back to Seattle. They are building a new
home on Lake Washington and hope to move into it
in early August.
The Tampa annual reunion was once again a great
success, filled with hugs and kisses, screeches
and squeals, laughing and lots of talking, a great
time for all!
The Cristobal High School class of '69 cele-
brated their 20th reunion during a sunny poolside
luncheon at the Riverside Hotel. It was wonderful
seeing classmates, sharing stories and pictures
of the good old days back in elementary school and
high school. The class is already looking forward
to our 25th, in conjunction with the 1995 Panama
Canal Reunion. Special thanks to Maria (Kerley)
Hernandez and Marie (Wheeler) Partik for the hours
of work that went into making our 20th reunion a
Bill and Carolyn Price of Alexandria, VA were
house guests of Jody and Dee Roberson in their
unique Valrico, Florida home the night prior to
this year's reunion. Lou and Velvice (Bringas)
Halsey of Austin, TX were also guests of the
Robersons. Following another great Reunion, the
Prices spent two days visiting Bob and Lotty (Ste-
venson) Orvis in Daytona Beach. The Orvis' showed
Bill and Carolyn around the area looking at some
model homes in the process. There is a certain
lady real estate agent in Pelican Bay that won't
forget the number Bob did on her anytime soon! The
Prices then spent two days with Rusty and Elena
(deBoyrie) Oberholtzer in West Melbourne where
Rusty sells real estate. The Prices saw enough
floor plans and model homes to thoroughly confuse
them, so it's back to the drawing board for Bill.
The "Obes" and Prices celebrated Rusty's 60th
birthday at a Japanese restaurant. The Prices en-
ioved their trip, short though it was!
L-R: "Rusty" Oberholtzer, Carolyn Price,
Bill Price and Elena Oberholtzer.
Jay and Diane (Sparks) French had a June visit
from their son and daughter-in-law John and Brid-
gitte Gough and grandbaby Justin Paul from Mar-
rero, LA. Jay and Diane enjoyed showing all three
the sites in Washington, D.C. and having Justin
to dote on. The Goughs will be on their way to a
military tour of duty in Germany this spring so
"grandma and grandpa" took advantage of every min-
ute of this latest visit!
Iuise Russon of Waldorf, MD had a July visit
with her mother, Virginia Russon of Grovetown, GA.
Her sister Laura Bilgray, who still lives in
Panama, kept Louise in touch with the "homeland"
during a short but fun visit in late May. Louise
has been busy working at a community college in-
structing therapeutic swimming to senior citizens.
Louise and Jim (tirph) Murphy are sailing the
waters of the Potomac River when not at work, a
far cry from the beautiful waters along the Atlan-
tic coast of Panama, but still lots of fun!
I hope to hear more about the exciting summers
Virginia members have had and get their news into
the next issue of the record!
Glenda (Lewis) Kochel
Well, here it is time for another issue of the
Record! Since it's the end of July, it must mean
another Reunion has come and gone! As always, this
year's ping-ding was great and, as usual, I saw
so many friends and relatives that to mention each
would be next to impossible. Suffice to say that
if you haven't attended a Reunion yet, you have
no idea what you are missing!
My first piece of news comes from Marlene Grier
Whitehead. First off, I must apologize to Marlene.
She expected to see this news in the last issue
of the Record. Marlene, your letter was postmarked
March 14 but I did not receive it until the mid-
dle of May (my deadline was April 25). It arrived
in very bad shape so I must surmise it got "lost"
for a while in the postal system. Anyway, onto the
news...Marlene wrote that on february 2, 1989,
First Class Petty Officer Andrew J. Whitehead re-
turned home from sea after a 6-month Mediterranean
deployment on the USS Fairfa County. With him was
his son Nathan, age 10, who rode the bus to North
Carolina so he could ride the ship in with his
father. Andy's big surprise came when the ship
pulled into Little Creek, Va. He was not only met
by Marlene and his daughter, Valerie, age 8, but
also by his parents, Capt. Vernon and Elizabeth
Whitehead whom he had not seen in 5 years! A very
happy reunion ensued!
I am really sorry to say that the above is the
only piece of news I have received in a long
while. As I've said before, this is your column;
without your news there is no column!
At the reunion this year, I was approached by
a few people who claimed that their area is not
currently represented in the Record. I explained
that they were more than welcome to send their
news to me, or better still, they could contact
Mr. Beall about becoming a reporter.
Well, till next issue...
YOUR 1990 DUES fiRE DUE
] NUFiRY 1, 1990
WENDY GRADUATES CUM LAUDE
Wendy Ann Jeffcoat,
daughter of Nancy A.
Jeffcoat and the late
Lt.Col. M.A. Jeffcoat, Jr
graduated cum laude from
Florida State University
with a Bachelor of Sci-
ence degree in Merchan-
Wendy also received an
award from her sorority,
Alpha Delta Phi, as the Wendy Jeffcoat
senior with the highest
scholastic average. She is a member of Golden Key
National Honor Society, Outstanding College Stu-
dents of America, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Little
Sister and Director of the Florida State Univer-
sity Model Board.
Ms. Jeffcoat did her internship with Neiman
Marcus in Bal Harbour, FL. and in September she
will be employed with Burdines in West Palm Beach,
FL. as a manager/trainee.
She is the granddaughter of Charles and Marie
Mbrency of St. Petersburg, FL., and niece of San-
dra Abell and Charlene Rogers of Panama.
JUSTIN P. GOUGH BAPTIZED
Justin Paul Gough, son of Sgt. and Mrs. John R.
Gough III, was baptized April 15, 1989. Sgt. Gough
is stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Justin is the grandson of John R. Gough II,
(BHS'64) of Tampa, and the great-grandson of John
R. and Kathleen Gough, Sr.
W -K :- J^ V
Four generations of Zonian Goughs. L-R:
John R. Sr., Sgt. John R. III with baby
Justin Paul, John R. II, at Justin's
LESA STROOP RUNNER-UP IN PAGEANT
Pictured is our son
Eddie and his wife, Lesa
Stroop, taken at the
Sheraton Hotel, Clear-
water, Florida, July 2,
1989, where Lesa was a
contestant in the Mrs.
There were 72 contest-
ants entered, and when it
was over, Lesa emerged as
a runner-up for the Mrs.
We attended the Pag-
eant with Lesa's parents,
B.J. and Nellie Travis of I ,
Vidor, Texas, where B.J. -
owns his own business
called Hydro Extractors. r
Lilia and I had a very -
pleasant stay at the -
Sheraton over the weekend
Eddie and Lesa
and also had a marvelous
time sitting in the lobby
and looking at all the beautiful contestants walk-
ing around. At least, B.J. and I did!
Lilia and Bud Stroop
DIRKSEN BUSSIERE HONOR GRADUATE
Dirksen Bussiere, son
of Ronald and Carole Bus-
siere, graduated from
in Evanston, Illinois, 4
with honors and a B.A.
in Biochemistry. Bussiere /
was a member of Balboa
High School graduating
class of 1985.
While at Northwestern,
Bussiere was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and played
on the intercollegiate rugby team.
In August, Bussiere will enter the University
of Alabama at Birmingham where he is enrolled in
the MD/PHD program on a National Institute of
Health Medical Scientist Training Program Scholar-
BOALT TAYLOR ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick N. Boalt, of Marina, Cal-
ifornia, announce the engagement of their daughter
Dynnette Eileen Boalt, to Lieutenant Douglas Paul
Taylor, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Taylor
of Allegan, Michigan.
Dynnette is a graduate of Balboa High School
and Hartnell College, Salinas, California.
Doug is a graduate of Michigan Technological
University, Houghton, Michigan, and is currently
assigned to Castle Air Force Base, Merced, Calif-
Their wedding is planned for October 7, 1989,
at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Cal.
BREUNLE'S CELEBRATE 25TH.
On May 30, 1989, Phil
and Judy Breunle, of Den-
ver, Colorado, celebrated
their Silver Wedding
Anniversary with a trip -
to Mexico City and Can-
cun. While there, they
had a surprise reunion
with their eldest son,
Shawn, of Boston, Mass.
The Breunles lived in
Ancon in the C.Z. from
1972 to 1977, where Phil Phil and Judy
was military assistant to Breunle
the Governor and the Health Director. He is now a
Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps,
stationed in Colorado. A graduate of Alfred Uni-
versity, N.Y., and Baylor University, TX., he
holds a doctorate degree in hospital administra-
tion from Tulane University, LA. With 29 years of
military healthcare experience, he will soon be
retiring and is seeking a healthcare or managerial
position somewhere in the South, preferably in the
Judy is active in the Red Cross and .erves as
the Chairman of Volunteers at Fitzsimons Army Med-
ical Center, Denver. She recently was awarded the
highest award in the Red Cross for service; the
coveted Clara Barton Award.
The couple have three other children, Kara and
Kris at home, and Melissa of Fitchburg, Mass.
MARK McKEOWN GRADUATES
Mark McKeown, son of Jim MtKeown of Destrehan,
Louisiana, and fourth generation CZ born, grad-
uated from Louisiana Tech University in May with
a BS degree in management. He has enrolled at
Loyola University, New Orleans, to pursue an MBA.
MATT BAKER PROMOTED
Pictured is First Lieutenant Matt Baker and the
Sergeant who pinned on his new silver bars on May
20, 1989. Matt is with the Marine Corps, stationed
in Hawaii, but deployed to Okinawa and the Philip-
peans aboard the Denver in Pacific waters.
1st Lt. Matt
and SSgt Guidrt ho
and SSgt Guidrt who
OWEN MYERS ENGAGEMENT
Mrs. Teresa W. Owen of
Dunedin, Florida, is
pleased to announce the
engagement of her daugh-
ter, Patricia Suzanne, to
Paul Dewitt Myers, son of
Dewitt E. and Alice F.
Myers of Spring Hill, FL.
Patty and Paul are
both graduates of the
University of Florida.
Patty is employed by the
University of Florida as
a food scientist and Paul
Patricia Owen and
is employed by the State
of Florida as an Environmentalist.
A November 18th wedding is planned in Gaines-
MAYBELLE K. FITZGERALD GRADUATES
Maybelle Kathleen Fitzgerald, daughter of Mar-
tin and Maybelle (Mickey Walker) Fitzgerald of New
Smyrna Beach, Florida, has recently graduated and
received her degree as Dental Assistant from the
Daytona Beach Conmunity College, Daytona Beach,
Florida. The ceremony was attended by many proud
family members and friends.
She is presently the dental assistant to Dr.
Whitsett who has offices in New Smyrna Beach and
Ormond Beach, Florida.
She is the granddaughter of George and Mabelle
(Bliss) Walker of Sarasota, Florida.
THE RT. REV. JOHN H. SMITH IS
CONSECRATED AS BISHOP
The Rt. Rev. John Henry Smith, son of Mr. and
Mrs. John R. Smith (Elsie Neely) of Sarasota, was
consecrated as the sixth bishop of the Episcopal
Diocese of West Virginia and the 841st bishop in
American succession, in a consecration ceremony
held June 25, 1989 at St. Matthews Episcopal
Church in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Among the nearly 1,000 persons witnessing the
prestigious consecration ceremony with his wife,
Virginia Smith; daughters Allison and Kirsten
Smith ans son, Jon Smith and his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John R. Smith, were other family members and
former Zonites. They included Mr. and Mrs. Ronald
Larson (Robin Smith), Mr. and Mrs. Michael f.
Greene, Mrs. J.P. Keenan, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E.
Smith, Mrs. Janet Gairhan (nee Davis), Rev. and
Mrs. Mainert Peterson (formerly of St. Luke's,
Ancon), and cousins Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jarosinski
(Pam Smith), Miss Gail Smith, Miss Paula Keenan.
Bishop John Smith was born and raised in Panama
and graduated from Balboa High School in 1959. He
and his family have resided in Rutland, VT for the
past 15 years, where he was Rector of Trinity
Episcopal Church. The bishop and family have moved
to Charleston, West Virginia recently.
MALTBY STINNETT ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Maltby Jr. of Dallas,
Texas, announce the en-
gagement of their daugh-
ter, Sarah to Reid Mil-
ler Stinnett, son of Dr.
and Mrs. John Stinnett of -
Huntsville, Texas and
formerly of Coco Solo,
The bride-to-be is a
graduate of Southern
Methodist and Duke Uni-
versities and is current-
ly employed with Ann Tay- a -
ness Administration in marketing. He is employed
as a product manager with Coca-Cola Foods in Hous-
A September wedding is planned at the First
Congregational Church, Houston, Texas. The couple
will honeymoon in Paris, France and in the chat-
eaux of the nearby Loire Valley.
PAMI JO TAYLOR GRADUATES AT LSU
Pami Jo Taylor grad-
uated Phi Beta Kappa on
May 19, from Louisiana
State University, Baton
Rouge, where she received
a BS degree in zoology.
She attended Canal
Zone schools and grad-
uated from Woodlawn High
School, Baton Rouge, in
At LSU she was induct-
ed into Alpha Epsilon
Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta
Mu Sigma Rho and Phi Kap-
pa Phi honorary soci-
eties. Pami enrolled in
LSU Medical School, New Pami Jo Taylor
Orleans, in August.
She is the daughter of Capt. Charles H. Taylor
of Baton Rouge and the late L'Dora M. Taylor.
Capt. Robert B. Grier and Mrs. Maria
CAPT, ROBERT GRIER, JR. PROMOTED
Captain Robert B. Grier, Jr. was promoted on
May 1, 1989, after serving 3 years with Military
Intellegence in Nirnberg, Germany. He graduated on
March 24 from Advanced Military Intellegence
School at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona.
While there, he and 2nd. Lt. Maria Harris, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Harris of Galveston
Texas, were married on February 24, 1989. She is
presently serving a 1-year tour in South Korea.
Maria is a graduate of the University of Texas and
has a M.A. from M.I.T.
Capt. Grier is presently stationed at Ft. Hood,
Texas for 4 years and is the Adjutant S-1 Officer,
M.I. Battalion, 2nd. Armored Division, U.S.Army.
He is the son of Robert B. (Pappy) and Verla M.
Grier of Kerrville, Texas.
MASTER KEY AWARD
Senior pilot Captain Earl Shrader received a
Master Key Award from Deputy Panama Canal Admin-
istrator Fernando Manfredo Jr. for his exemplary
record and inspiting dedication to duty. The tri-
bute to Captain Shrader was made during a Panama
Canal Pilots Association party in September, 1988
to celebrate the new collective bargaining agree-
ment between the pilots union and the Commission
and the Canal's upcoming Diamond Jubilee.
The Panama Canal Pilots Association also pre-
sented Captain Shrader a certificate in the grade
of Pilot Extraordinaire. He is the first pilot to
receive it in the 75 years of piloting on the Pan-
ama Canal. (See With Deep Sorrow).
Capt. Earl Shrader and Deputy Adminis-
trator Fernando Manfredo. (See With Deep
ANOTHER KEENAN GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
William and Marion Keenan of Unionville, IN.,
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 1-3
July at Bardstown, KY. Twenty-five friends and
relatives were treated to a ride on the River Boat
Belle of Louisville, an evening at the Bardstown
Steven Foster Story, "My Old Kentucky Home" where
their son Larry plays the organ and Larry's wife
sings in the cast, and a banquet followed by nos-
talgic contributions of music and entertainment by
Their daughters, Phyllis Childers, from Gaith-
ersburg, MD., and Judy Barstow of Boston, and
their son, Marvin of IN., helped in planning the
Other former Zonians attending were Howard and
Janet Keenan, C. Marvin Keenan, Virginia Keenan,
Harriet (Keenan) Wollmers, and Carol (Serger)
William grew up in Gatun and graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1933. He played the clar-
inet and sax in the school band and local dance
orchestras in Panama. Following his graduation
from Purdue University, he worked for Indiana Bell
Telephone Company until his retirement. Marion is
a former elementary school teacher. The couple
were married in Indianapolis, June 10, 1939.
E3 DAVID HOLLOWELL, USN, GRADUATE
E3 David A. Hollowell,
USN, graduated from boot
camp, Recruit Training
Center, Great Lakes, Ill.
on July 7, 1989.
David was selected as
Chief Petty Officer of
his Company. He will at-
tend 26 weeks at the Ser-
vice School Cormand,
Great Lakes Naval Train-
ing Center, where he will
study to be a Fire Con- David Hollowell
David is the son of Freeland and Mary Hollowell
of Dothan, Alabama.
Dr. and Mrs. Char Franklin (Anne Newhard) of
Visalia, Ca., announce the marriage of their
daughter Ellen Franklin to Marvin Guiterrez on
June 17, 1989 at the First Baptist Church in Vis-
Out of town guests included the bride's uncles
and aunts of San Diego and Sarasota, Fla.
The bride's maternal grandparents are the late
Fred and Loretta Newhard, former residents of
Gatun, Canal Zone.
Due to space limitations and to provide equi-
tableness to all members, wedding guest lists
cannot be printed in the future. Members are
asked to summerize and not list each name.
On May 26, 1989, Daniel DeGracia (BHS'78) and
Cynthia Moreau (of Midland, Michigan) exchanged
wedding vows at St. Francis Cabrini in Allen Park,
Daniel is the son of Angela DeGracia and Edgar
Stroud. Cynthia is the daughter of Robert and Mary
Moreau. Other Zonians in attendance included Jo-
seph Blackburn (BHS'59), Marco Bell (BHS'77) and
Rosa DeGracia Olsen.
The DeGracias spent their honeymoon in Florida
buying a home where they will be moving on July
31st. Their address will be 2860 56th Way N., St.
Petersburg, FL 33710. Daniel will be working for
the CPA firm of McKelvey and Gassner and Ulrich,
while Cynthia will be a registered nurse at All
Kornegay and Ralph K.
Dorothy Simon Kornegay and Ralph K. "Tony"
Frangioni were united in a double ring, candle-
light ceremony on March 11, 1989, at the First
United Methodist Church, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Organist Marjorie Cunmings performed wedding
music. Vocalists Karen Kornegay and Kevin Lusk
performed "Because" and "The Lord's Prayer."
Attending the bride and groom at the alter were
their children: Ralph Frangioni Jr., Donald Korne-
gay, Marian McBride, Dennis Kornegay, Kay Pierce,
Karen Kornegay, and the wife of son James, Kathy
Kornegay; grandchildren Kathy Hancock, Ralph Fran-
gioni III, Greg Frangioni and Angela Kornegay;
great-grandchild, Sarah Hancock; and brother of
the groom, Ken Frangioni.
Serving as candlelighters and ushers were Oner
Foley and Chuck Trinchitella.
A reception was held at Destinees. Attending
the bride's book were Mrs. Jim Minette and Chris-
tina Foley. Pouring and serving were Mrs. Ralph
Frangioni Jr., Jackie Skeen, Mrs. Charles Trinchi-
tella and Kathy Hancock.
The couple will reside in Fort Walton Beach.
Mandy Lynn Harness of Willis, Texas and Paul D.
Scarborough of Conroe, Texas were united in mar-
riage on May 6, 1989 in Conroe at the First Pres-
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Charles
W. Clack (stepfather and mother Deedee) of Willis,
and Mr. and Mrs. Rammie A. Scarborough of Conroe.
The bride's paternal grandmother is Mrs. Janet
(Nesbitt) Laschinger of Spring Valley, Ca. (form-
erly of the Canal Zone) and maternal grandfather
Reni Sewelt, matron of honor; Mandy Lynn
Harness; Deborah Henderson, bridesmaid.
Mr. Fred Dobbs of San Carlos, Ca. Mandy's father
was the late James W. Harness, son of Mrs. Janet
Laschinger, who died November 13, 1968 in Vietnam.
Attending the bride was matron of honor Mrs.
Renei Sewell of Conroe, and bridesmaid was Mrs.
Deborah Henderson of Conroe. Best man was Mr. Bill
Scarborough, Conroe, brother of the groom.
The bride graduated from Southwest Texas Uni-
versity with a BS degree in 1985. She is employed
by Dr. Philip Scott as a certified assistant.
The groom is a graduate of Sam Houston Univer-
sity with a BS degree in 1980. He is employed with
Conroe Feeder Supply.
Following a wedding trip to the Caribbean, the
couple will reside in Conroe.
Danielld L., Barriteau and James Crawford
DaniellM L. Barriteau and James Crawford May
were united in marriage on April 15, 1989 in Spar-
The bride, formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone, CHS
Class of '82, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
P. Barriteau, Sr. The groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Douglas A. May of Spartanburg, S.C.
Following a honeymoon trip to Hilton Head, S.C.
the couple are making their home in Spartanburg,
After a short honeymoon on Longboat Key, Fla.,
the couple returned to Orlando where Mark is Cor-
rection Officer at Central Booking in Orlando;
where his bride is also employed. The couple are
at home at 38 Louisiana Ave., St. Cloud, FL 32769.
Tania Lee Homonchuk and Peter Roger
Tania lee Homonchuk, M.D., and Peter Roger
Swain were married May 13, 1989 at the Thursday
Club in San Diego, California.
Tania is the daughter of Lois and the late
Peter Homonchuk of Los Angeles. She is a graduate
of Princeton University, University of Rochester
Medical School and took her residency in internal
medicine from the University of Washington. She is
an emergency room specialist.
Peter is the son of Captain Roger H. and Anto-
nia (Toni) Swain. Due to severe illness, Toni was
unable to attend the services. Peter attended
Canal Zone College and California State University
in Sacramento, and is a building contractor.
Many family members and former Canal Zone resi-
dents attended the wedding services.
The couple honeymooned in Australia and New
Pami Jo Taylor, Mr. and
Alan Taylor, Capt. Charles
Annette Marie Spella of Harrisburg, N.C., dau-
ghter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spella of Charlotte,
became the bride of Gregory Alan Taylor of Harris-
burg, son of Capt. Charles H. Taylor of Baton
Rouge and the late L'Dora M. Taylor, on March 11
at Southpark Christian Church, Charlotte.
Maid of honor was Angela Spella Harkey. Brides-
maids were Connie Moore, Georgia Pistolis and Pami
Jo Taylor, sister of the groom. Best man was
Charles Lewis. Groomsmen were Bruce Edwards, David
Parker and Kevin Harkey.
Following a reception, the couple left for a
wedding trip to Anaheim and Los Angeles. They now
reside in Harrisburg. The rehearsal dinner was
given by the bridegroom's father.
Mark Edward Stroop and his
Mark Edward Stroop, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward
C. Stroop, Jr. of Osceola, Fla. and Dawn Michele
Longhway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Longhway
of St. Cloud, Fla. were married at St. Cloud Pres-
byterian Church on November 4, 1988. Tamny Longh-
way was her sister's maid of honor and Brian
Shanle was best man.
Among the guests present were members of the
Cornelius Hang and
the former Marjean
April 8, 1989.
Marjean (Metzger) Koperski, CHS'42, formerly of
Cristobal, and more recently of Miami and Avon
Park, Florida became the bride of Cornelius Hang
of Avon Park on April 8, 1989.
The marriage took place in the Union Congre-
gational Church in Avon Park. Children and grand-
children of the couple participating in the cere-
mony were: Robin Koperski, who escorted his mother
down the aisle, preceded by (Crissy case, flower
girl, and Brian Koperski, ringbearer, Melissa Hang
as Junior bridesmaid, Marion (Koperski) Case and
Jean Koperski, bridesmaids. Groomsmen for Cor-
nelius were his two sons, Neil and Scott Hang.
Serving as ushers were Bill Koperski and Matt
Hang. Joyce Hang was hostess of the Guest bok.
Bill Metzger, brother of the bride, was the photo-
The couple honeymooned at Disneyworld and New
Bern, N.C. and are at home now at 1379 N.E. Viola
Rd., Avon Park, FL 33825. They welcome hearing
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Austin.
laura Catherine Moser and Stephen Edward Austin
exchanged marriage vows December 17, 1988, at the
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, GA.
Laura is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Moser of Douglasville, Ga. Paul and Erin (Genmie)
retired from the Canal Zone in 1979 after many
years of teaching on the Atlantic and Pacific
sides of the Isthmus.
Stephen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry E.
Austin of Douglasville, GA.
Laura attended Canal Zone schools and North
Georgia College. She is presently employed as an
assistant branch manager by the Commercial Bank.
Stephen was graduated from Southern Technical
Institute in Atlanta, with a degree in computer
engineering. He is presently vice-president of
Quicky Auto Lube, Inc.
The bride's brother, Lt. Mark Moser and his
wife Linda, of Ft. Hood, TX., were in the wedding
Prior to the wedding, a lovely breakfast was
hosted by Annie Laurie Halvosa in honor of the
A reception was held at "The Mansion" in At-
lanta following the ceremony.
Many family members, former Canal Zone resi-
dents and out-of-town friends attended the cere-
mony and reception.
Cindee Clements and
Cindee Clements and Larry J. Kelly are pleased
to announce their marriage on May 27, 1989 in
The bride is the daughter of Edward L. and
Chloe Brown of Ocala, Fla. The groom is the son of
Barbara L. Kelly of Dunnellon, Fla.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Patricia Robertson served as matron of honor.
William Colbert served as best man. Flower girl
was Jessica Blair.
A reception was held at the Ocala Hilton fol-
lowing the ceremony.
Larry grew up in the Canal Zone and is a grad-
uate of Balboa High School in 1975.
This was also a family reunion for the Kelly's,
with all three boys and their families being pre-
sent, as well as Larry's grandmother, who visited
the Canal Zone many times.
The couple make their home in Altamonte Springs
Lesley Segars Kettler and Dewey Edward Chelette
Jr. were married April 29 at the First United
Methodist Church, Monroe, La. The bride wore a
taffeta and lace sheath gown and the groom's at-
tendants were in full military dress.
Bride's attendants were Debra Crump, matron of
honor; and Doriane Chelette, bridesmaid and the
groom's sister. The bride's children, Sarah Kay
and William Kyle Kettler, served as flower girl
and ring bearer, respectively. The groom's brother
David was best man and Ron Wilcox was groomsman.
The reception followed with music by the USAF
Band from Robins AFB and Lucho. Lesley is a li-
censed practical nurse and Dewey is with the Coast
Guard. They will be at home in Natchez, Miss.
Lisa Nesbitt and Mark Allen Blocksun exchanged
marriage vows at Christ Church Unity in El Cajon,
California, on May 27, 1989.
Maid of honor was Christy Rudy and best man was
Ray A. and Loretta C. (Lonnie) Nesbitt, parents
of the bride reside in La Mesa, Ca. (formerly of
the Canal Zone). Parents of the groom are Gus and
Beverly Blocksun of Barstow, Ca. Aunt of the bride
and sister to Ray is Janet (Nesbitt) Lashinger of
Spring Valley, Ca.
Lisa is a deputy probation officer for the
County of San Diego. A graduate of Patrick henry
High School, she holds a BS degree in Health Sci-
ence from San Diego State University.
The groom is a Data Systems Technician aboard
U.S.S. Thach. He graduated from Barstow High
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Edward Chelette, Jr.
The bride is the daughter of Judy and Tim
Segars of Monroe. The groom is the son of Sue Bar-
field Chelette of Monroe, and Dewey Chelette of
Pineville; his grandparents are Doris and LeRoy
Barfield of Clermont, Fla.
Robin J. Mitts and
Larry Lacrouts were
married May 20 in New
A few close friends
and Robin's brother at-
tended the ceremony.
Larry is a Kenner po-
lice officer and Robin
works at Pelican Home-
stead and Savings Asso- Mr. and Mrs. Larry
Lisa Nesbitt and Cristy Rudy, maid of
and Teresa Maia
and Teresa Maia
Larry Cicero and Teresa Maia were united in
marriage on May 28, 1989 at St. Gregory's Catholic
Church in Coventry, Rhode Island.
The bride's parents are Jos4 and Maria Maia of
Lisbon, Portugal and the groom's parents are Joe
and Marcia Cicero of Clearwater, Florida.
Larry's brothers, Jim and Mark Cicero of Louis-
ville, Texas and Craig Cicero of Port St. Lucie,
Florida served as groomsmen as well as Rick Gayer
of Massachusetts (son of Marilyn and Dick Gayer),
Antonio Maia, brother of the bride, and John
Mitcheson of Rhode Island. Jerry Bowden of Rhode
Island served as best man. Craig's 4-year old son
Matthew served as ring bearer.
Attendents of the bride were Joanne Hill, Tracy
Marsoud, Simone Floury, Nancy Ghomen, Lourdes Maia
and Mary Ann McConiskey of Rhode Island. Gail
Gallow was her maid of honor.
Marc and Jenny Stock
of Renton, Washington,
announce the birth of
their first child, a son,
William Marcley III on
April 1st, 1989.
Marc is a Balboa High -
School graduate of 1969.
are Bill and Fran Stock William Marcley
of St. Petersburg, Fla. Stock III
.'7IP- A loving welcome to
SLauren Elizabeth Coffey,
daughter of Danny and Kim
Ann Coffey. Lauren was
born at home on April 20,
w, 1989, in Atlanta, Georgia
Sand weighed 7 Ibs. 3 oz.
7 are John and Mary Coffey;
maternal grandfather is
t, Robert Forest of Baraga,
Michigan. Maternal great-
grandmothers are Mary
(Melendez) Coffey and
Lauren Elizabeth Virginia (Woodhull) Mor-
Coffey land, both of Panama.
Rolf and Crystal Arndt with David Jeff-
Rolf and Crystal Arndt of Chisholm, Minnesota
proudly announce the birth of their first child,
David Jeffrey, born on May 19, 1989. David weighed
7 Ibs. 13 oz. and was 21 inches long.
Proud grandparents are Rolf and Joan (Powell)
Arndt of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Lois and Wally
Clary of Aurora, Colorado.
Gil and Karen (Foscue)
Long of Raleigh, N.C. are
proud to announce the
birth of their second
child, Amanda Catherine
on February 20, 1989 at
Durham County General
Hospital. She weighed 7
lbs. 2 oz. and was 20
Amanda is welcomed by
her sister, Meredith Car-
oline, who is 3 years.
Marjorie B. King of
Raleigh, N.C. is the
proud maternal grand-
mother. Paternal grandparents
Long of Hinesville, Georgia.
are Ogden and Betty
W -i J
Nicole, Bruce, Claudia (Hanbury), Chase
Edelen Edwards and Cisne.
Bruce and Claudia (Hanbury) Edwards are pleased
to welcome their first baby boy, Chase Edelen
Edwards, on May 13, 1989.
Chase came early, so did grandma, Louise Han-
The Edwardses have two daughters, Cisne, age 5,
and Nicole, age 2, so baby Chase should have
plenty of excitement.
John and Michelle
(Call) Pene and proud to
announce the birth of
their son, Jacob Brennan ".
Pene, on June 5, 1989. ,-\ "
are Roy and Arby (Math- )
ews) Call of San Diego, Jacob Brennan Pene
formerly of the Canal 1 month old.
Paternal grandparents are Louis and Kathy Pene, of
the Los Angeles area.
John and Linda (Sor-
rell) Eberenz proudly
announce the birth of
their second child, Paul
Alexander, who joins his
sister, Christine, age 2. r
Paul also has a half bro- 'i
their, Leo Eberenz, age 22
and a half sister, Xan Paul Alexander
Eberenz, age 19. Eberenz
Born May 23, 1989, in Ancon, Panama, he weighed
7 lbs. 2 oz.
The paternal grandparents are Leo and Madeline
Eberenz of Sterling, Va. The maternal grandparents
are Gladys and Enrique Rmnero of Panama City, R.P.
Cissie (Witt) and John
McPherson are proud to
announce the birth of
their son, Colin Dewitt
McPherson. He was born on e
April 27, 1989 in Austin,
Texas, weighing 8 lbs.
7l oz. and measured 21"
Proud grandparents are
John and Eula Witt of Los
Rios, Panama, and Emmettn
and Janie McPherson of McPherson
Proud great-grandparents are Ray and Polly Witt
of New Blaine, Arkansas, formerly of Balboa.
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Michael Lawrence Barfield, 23, of Warner Rob-
bins, GA., passed from this life April 17, 1989,
Tallahassee, FL., from injuries sustained from an
automobile accident. Services were held April 20th
and members of the U.S. Air Force Band at Robbins
AFB played the bagpipes and echo taps in honor of
his heritage. A native of Sumter, SC., he was an
active member of the Order of DeMolay; served as
Master Counselor, and was awarded the Cheverilier
Degree, DeMolay's highest degree. He was also a
member of Warner Robbins H.S. National Champion-
ship Football team in 1981. He was a senior at
Valdosta State College, commander of the Air
Arnold Society ROTC detachment of Valdosta State.
He was also employed by Rodeway Trucking in Val-
He is survived by his father and step-mother,
Lionel (Mike) and Sue Barfield; sister Sharon
Susan Barfield; step-sister Laura Suzanne Shef-
field, all of Warner Robbins, and step-sister Lisa
Jean Sheffield, Perry, GA.; paternal grandparents
LeRoy and Doris Barfield, Clermont, FL; Maternal
step-grandparents Tom and Marigene Jones, Warner
Robbins; aunts, Sarah Barfield-Cohen, Daytona
Beach, FL. and Sue Barfield-Chelette, Monroe, LA.;
several cousins and maternal aunts and cousins of
England and Scotland.
Marjorie W. Daniels, 82, of Belleair Bluffs,
Florida, died May 18, 1989 at Belleair East Helth
Center. She was born in Milford, Mich., and left
the Canal Zone in 1972. She was a member of Peace
memorial Presbyterian Church, Tampa, and the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include a stepson, George; several
nieces and nephews.
'Lottie" Anna Marie Fink, of Hallandale, Fla.,
died May 22, 1989.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Louis Fink
Capt. Paul R. (Riggs) Forrest, Sr., 74, passed
away November 6, 1988, at Southwest Regional Hos-
pital, Ft. Myers, Fla. He was born in Norfolk,
VA. and went to the Canal Zone with his family in
1928. He retired in 1974 as Senior Towboat Captain
of the Stevens which was assigned for many years
to the Dredging Division in Gamboa until it was
transferred to the navigation Division in Balboa.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothea Forrest of
Pine Island, Fla.; three sons, William and Charles
of Virginia, and Paul Jr., of Pine Island; a dau-
ghter Barbara Buker of Clewiston, Fla., and ten
Gerald James Fox, 80, of Dunnellon, Florida,
died June 6, 1989 at his residence. A native of
Boltineau, N.D., he retired in 1970 as a super-
visor of the Maintenance Division, Panama Canal
Company after over 30 years of service. He was a
330 Mason, member of the Scottish Rite, Balboa,
Abou Saad Shrine Temple and was past worthy patron
of the Fern Leaf Chapter, OES. He was also a mem-
ber of the Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, AARP,
NARFE, and the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Melba Fox, Dunnel-
ion; a son, Gerald F. Fox, Dunnellon; a brother,
Charles Fox, Washington; three sisters, Hazel Arm-
strong, Upham, ND; Melba Wagnor, Huntington Beach,
CA., and Olive Colman, Richland, WA., and two
Dr. Leo S. Furguson, 70, son of Capt. and Mrs.
Leo Ferguson, deceased, died May 5, 1989. He was
born in Gorgas Hospital and was president of his
graduating class of Balboa High School in 1937.
He received his dentistry degree in 1943 from
Creighton University and served as a Captain with
the U.S. Army in the South pacific during World
Surviving are his wife, Germaine; two daughters
Dianne Ten Eyck, NY., Colleen Nicholas, NY.; sons
Leo S. Jr., Orlando, FL., Terrance J., OH., Mark
R., Brian D. and Jeffrey P., all of NY., sisters,
Florence McElhone, Colorado Springs, CO., Lucille
Corrigan, Altamonte Springs, FL.; 15 grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren, and several nieces
Marion S. Guinn, 68, of Aiken, South Carolina,
died May 18, 1989 at her residence. A native of
Staten Island, N.Y., she lived in Panama Canal
Zone before moving to Aiken, where she lived for
36 years. She was a Du Pont retiree and a Presby-
Surviving are her widower, Charles E. Guinn;
two sons, John Roger Devore, Longwood, Fla. and
William Devore, Martinez; a stepson, Ronnie Guinn,
Aiken; a daughter, Jannie G. Robinson, Martinez;
two stepdaughters, Barbara edwards and Kathy Kaney
both of Aiken; two sisters, Audrey Statts, Fort
Myers, FL., and Gwen Stevenson, Toms River, NJ.;
a brother, Frank Smith, Hot Springs, AR.; twelve
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
John Wells Hare, formerly of Springfield, Ma.,
died June 29, 1989 in Ocala, Fla., where he and
his family resided since his retirement from the
Canal Zone Government in 1971 after 30 years of
service. At the time of his retirement he was the
Special Services Officer in the Civil Affairs Bu-
reau, prior to which he was, for many years, Chief
of the License Section, a Safety Engineer, and was
always an active volunteer with the Red Cross, Boy
Scouts and the United Way in the Canal Zone. He
was a member of the Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic
Church of Ocala.
Survivors include his wife, Mary M. Hare of
Ocala; four children, Jeffrey Stephen Hare, Simp-
sonville, SC., Marilynn Hare Spilling, Baton Rouge
LA., Christopher Brian Hare, Columbia, SC., and
Cynthia Alison Hare, Winter Springs, FL., and
Hugh Harries, 88, of St. George, Utah, died May
12, 1989, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked for
the U.S. Army in the Canal Zone and served in the
Army during World War II.
He leaves his wife, Julia Harries, and a sis-
ter. He was preceded in death by Jean, his first
wife, and Ruth, his second wife; two children,
Carol and Henry
Mary (Heim) Hatchett, 80, died on July 21, 1989
at her home in Boise, Idaho. She was born in Ohio,
lived in Gorgona during construction of the Canal
and later attended Cristobal High School. She mar-
ried Fred Hatchett in the Crsitobal Union Church
in 1927. Long time residents of pedro Miguel and
Diablo, they retired in 1960 (Locks Division) and
traveled throughout the United States in their
Airstream trailer before settling on the West
Coast in 1965. In 1983, they moved to Boise, which
Mary enjoyed very much.
Survivors include her husband, Fred; a son,
George of Incline Village, NV.; two daughters, Pat
Clark of Sacramento, CA., and Barbara Jackson of
Boise, Idaho; two brothers, Charles and Bill Heim;
five sisters, Louise Saum, Lois Cotton, "Snookie"
McCullough, Jeanne Kalander, and Frances Hennessy;
thirteen grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Mary deeply loved her life in Panama with her
many Zonian friends. She last visited the Canal on
a Love Boat Cruise in 1985, accompanied by many
James P. Hayman, of Tuscumbia, Alabama, died May
23, 1989 in Tuscumbia.
He was a retired lockmaster for the Panama
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy W. Hayman
Maj. Gen. Charles G. Holle, USA Ret., died on
April 17, 1989 at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington
D.C. He had been ill for over five years but was
confined to his bed since March 1988. He served
three tours of duty in the Canal Zone in the Armed
He is survived by his wife, Anne Carter Baldwin
Holle, President of The National Gavel Society,
Henry L. Inzer, 66, of Atlanta, Georgia, died
June 4, 1989, after an extended illness. He had
lived in Georgia all his life. He was the husband
of Jean (Campbell) who graduated from Balboa High
School in 1945.
Survivors include his wife, Jean; a son, Bill
Inzer, Irvine, CA.; stepson Capt. Charles A. Far-
rington, Ft. Polk, LA.; stepson Richard Farrington
of Stone Mountain, GA., daughter Pat I. Brown,
Douglasville, GA.; daughters Betty I. Woods, Ft.
Worth, TX. and Ida I. Ogle, Pooleville, TX.; four-
teen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Felix Karpinski, 75, of Zephyehills, Florida,
died May 27, 1989 at Tampa General Hospital. He
retired from the Locks Division as a machinist
with 38 years service in 1968. He was a member of
the Fleet Reserve Association, Sibert Masonic
Lodge, Scottish Rite Bodies and Abou Saad Shrine,
all of the Canal Zone, and the Zephyrhiils Amateur
He is survived by his wife, Edna of Zephyrhills
also two sons, Felix of Bay City, TX., and Kenneth
of Cocoa Beach, FL.; two brothers, Henry of San
Diego, CA., and Stanley of Philadelphia, PA.; a
sister, Rose Beldick of Zephyrhills, and three
Charles Keenan, 36, of Houston, Texas, died on
July 20, 1989, from complications from treatment
of Hodgkins disease, at St. Luke's Episcopal Hos-
pital in Houston, Texas. He was born in Gorgas
Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone, and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1971 and from Georgia Tech
in 1975. He worked in Houston as a Professional
Civil Engineer. He had been treated for Hodgkin's
disease for the past 14 years.
Surviving family in Houston include his wife,
Kathryn (Hutto) Keenan; brother, John Keenan and
wife, Kathryn (Orr); a nephew, Cody Michael Keenan
and his parents, C. Marvin and Maxine Keenan.
William H. Keller, 90, of Rogers, Arkansas,
died May 10, 1989, at St. Mary's-Rogers Memorial
Hospital. He was born in Philadelphia and retired
as assistant superintendent of Miraflores Locks
and had nearly 30 years of government service. He
was a World War I veteran, a Mason, Boy Scout
Leader and a Mennonite. He moved to Benton County,
Arkansas in 1952 from the Canal Zone. He was pre-
ceded in death by two sons.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Keller; two
daughters, Dorris Doughty of Largo, Fla., and Ruth
Carmany of Haddon heights, N.J.; a sister, Georgi-
ana Keller of Mullica Hill, N.J.; six grandchild-
ren and several great-grandchildren.
Andrew Kozar, 66, of Harwich Port, in Hyannis, MA.
died June 4, 1989 at Capr Cod Hospital in Hyannis
after a lengthy illness. A native of Pardee, VA.,
he was a retired policeman for the Panama Canal
Company and an Army veteran of World War II. He
moved to Harwich Port from the Canal Zone in 1968
and was employed by True Value Hardware until ill-
ness forced him to leave work in 1986. He was a
member of Christ Church Episcopal in Harwich Port
and a former member of Harwich Port Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife, Joan B. of Harwich
Port; a son, Andrew Jr. of South Windsor, CT.,
three daughters, Susan Peavey of West Harwich,
Peggie Quill of Boxborough, and Kathleen Kozar of
Harwich Port; granddaughter Ashley Peavey of West
Harwich; and several brothers and sisters.
Luther G. 'Luke" Lakey, 75, of Marysville,
Tennessee, died June 11, 1989.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Wikingstad)
Lakey; a daughter, Kristine Crocker of Denver, CO;
a son, Tom, of Pidgeon Forge, Tenn.; and three
Jessie 0. Lindsay, 81, died February 17, 1989,
in her home. During World War II, she was the
chief clerk for the Post Engineers in Panama where
she lived for 31 years. She also worked for the
Canal Zone Schools. Before moving to the state of
Washington, she lived in Korea for four years;
Japan for six years, and Heidelberg, Germany for
Surviving are her husband, Walter R. Lindsay of
Bellingham, WA., one daughter, Judith R. Lindsay,
Heidelberg, Germany; a sister, Mayellen Eberhart,
Bellingham; and two grandchildren, Anne-Marie
Lindsay, Tacoma, and Patrick W. Lindsay, Heidel-
Mary D. Lippincott, 69, died June 3, 1989, in
St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Roswell, N.M.
and was buried at Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook,
Ill. She was the widow of Keith Edgar Lippincott
who retired from the Dredging Division in 1972 and
died November 6, 1987. She was a Catholic and a
member of the Ladies Auxiliary Fleet Reserve.
Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Lippin-
cott of Roswell, N.M., and Jane Wendel of Indian-
apolis; two brothers, Frank Ruiz of New Port Rich-
ey, Fla., and Ben Ruiz of Lafayette, Ind.; two
sisters, Edith Houghton of Flushing, N.Y., and
Mabel Cadworth of Brooklyn; also four grandchild-
ren, Matt, Jenny, Mike Wendel, and James Lesser.
Jacqueline (Hunter) Meares, 58, of Pinellas
Park, Fla., died July 19, 1989 at her home. She
was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1949. She left the Canal
Zone and entered Rhode Island University to become
a nurse. She worked as a registered nurse in Rhode
Island and several hospitals in Pinellas County.
Survivors include her mother, Bernice Stephen-
son, Piellas Park; a son, William Steinwachs,
Stuart, Fla.; a daughter, Bernice Ann Pasternak,
Salem, Mass.; and a sister, Helen Marie Westover,
Jens Nilsen, 91, retired Panama Canal pilot,
died July 5, 1989 in the Elmhurst Nursing Home,
Melrose, Massachusetts. He was born in Norway and
for many years, before joining the Canal organiza-
tion, he was with the Grace Line. At one time he
held the record for the speediest transit of the
Canal. He retired in 1959 with 20 years of govern-
He is survived by his wife, Lauraine, of Mel-
Dan Noethe, 40, of Middlebury, Indiana, died un-
expectedly of a heart attack on May 11, 1989. He
was the husband of Jan Jensen Noethe. Dan visited
Panama twice and attended the BHS '66 Reunion in
San Antonio with Jan and their two sons, Jeff and
Andy. If you were lucky enough to meet him, you
Tommy Prestridge, 71, of Fort Worth, Texas,
died May 20, 1989, at home. He came to the Canal
Zone in 1961 to work for F.A.A. and later joined
the Panama Canal Company as an electrician on the
Pedro Miguel Locks. He retired in 1979 with 34
years of federal service.
He is survived by his wife, Aleene, a former
teacher at Ancon and the Ft. Clayton Elementary
schools; a daughter, Teilla Fetzer of Milwaukee,
WI.; a son, Thomas Prestridge of Ft. Worth; and
Ara Stuart Norris, 66, of Dothan, Alabama, died
May 6, 1989 at her residence after an extended
illness. A native of Houlka, Miss., she became a
registered nurse and received her training at
Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, Tenn., grad-
uating in 1945, after which she entered the U.S.
Army where she served until 1946. She was a 1949
graduate of Bradley University and had been em-
ployed by the Canal Zone government at Gorgas Hos-
pital from 1953 until her retirement in 1979. She
was a member of Balboa Union Church in the Canal
Zone, and the First United Methodist Church in
Survivors include her husband, Hugh A. Norris,
Dothan; a son, James H. Norris, Republic of Pan-
ama; a twin sister, Vera S. Heyman, Miami; a bro-
ther, Thomas Perkins, Miss., a granddaughter, Ara
Nye Norris, Republic of Panama, and several nieces
George F. Patton, 66, of Boerne, Texas, died
April 30, 1989 in San Antonio. He was born in
Kerrville, Texas. He attended Boerne schools and
Fox Technical Institute in San Antonio, and was a
member of the U.S. Navy during World War II, after
which he was employed with the Civil Service in
the Panama Canal Zone until he retired in 1978 and
returned to Boerne to live.
He is survived by his wife, Rufina Patton of
Boerne; daughter Nellie Johnson of Austin; sons,
George F. Patton, Jr., of the Panama Canal; Warren
C. Patton of Bremerton, WA.; Neil C. Patton of
Tallahassee, FL.; nine grandchildren; sisters,
Callie Limon of San Antonio and Virginia Schmidt
of Boerne; and a brother, Cliff Patton of San
Mrs. Aileen Phillips, widow of Dr. Herbert L.
Phillips, of the Quarantine Division and Dispen-
sary Physician at Pedro Miguel, died June 23, 1989
in Menphis, Tennessee.
Survivors are a son, Roy S. Phillips, Menphis;
a daughter, Mary Jane (Mrs. R.S. Henderson) of
Broomfield, CO.; and nine grandchildren.
Donatila Lasso Raybourn, 90, of Austin, Texas,
died June 21, 1989. She was born in La Chorrera,
Panama, educated in Panama, and was one of the
first two women to receive a degree in Law and
Political Science from the National School of Law,
Panama, in 1923, and was duly licensed to practice
law. In 1939, she received her certification as a
Social Worker from the School of Social and Eco-
nomoc Sciences of the University of Panama. She
was a secondary school teacher in Panama and was
an Episcopalian and member of the Cathedral of St.
Luke, Ancon, C.Z.
Survivors are a son, the Rev. Fred L. Raybourn,
Jr. and daughter-in-law Susan C. Raybourn, with
whom she lived; a daughter Nellie R. Kline and
son-in-law Frank C. Kline; a son, C. Herbert Ray-
bourn and daughter-in-law Jacqueline M. Raybourn;
sister, Luisa E. vda. de Paredes; seven grand-
children, one great-grandchild; numerous cousins,
nephews and nieces in the United States and Pan-
The Rev. Edwin C. Webster, former Dean of St.
Luke's Cathedral, Ancon, officiated at the funeral
Wiltz J. "Shorty" Schexnayder, 78, died May 15,
1989, at Hood Memorial, Amite, La. Shorty went to
Panama during World War II and worked there 28
years, first as a carpenter and later on Gatun
Locks. He retired in 1970 to country living on 33
acres with an 8-acre fish pond and big garden
which he tended with two also-unmarried brothers.
He is survived by four sisters, Sister Philip
of Eunice, Mrs. Eva Boudreaux and Mrs. Rose Tanner
of Jefferson, and Mrs. Margaret Troxclair of
Arabi; two brothers, Rene P. and Maurice G. of
Amite; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Adonis
J. and Laure Waguespack Schexnayder, and a brother
Clyde (Nose) L. Sharp, 86, of East Dubuque,
Illinois, died April 23, 1989 after a long ill-
ness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Velta,
in 1984. Upon his retirement from the Postal Ser-
vice in 1962, Clyde and Velta were the first Amer-
ican family to become residents of St. Eustatius,
Netherland Antilles. After the death of his wife,
he moved to East Dubuque, IL., to live with his
daughters. He was a member of Cristobal Elks Lodge
#1542, and the Lions Club of the Netherland An-
Survivors include his daughters Joan (Falk) and
Carolyn (Lange); three granddaughters and three
Capt. Earl C. Shrader, 62, of Balboa, Panama,
died April 12, 1989, in Gorgas Hospital, Panama.
Born in Amherst, VA., he was a member of the
International Organization of Masters, Mates and
Pilots for 40 years. He joined the Merchant Marine
in 1945 and worked with the War Shipping Adminis-
tration and the Waterman Steamship Co. and its
successor, the Sealand Co., until 1956 when he
left to go into private business. He resumed em-
ployment with Sealand in 1965 until 1967 when he
was accepted as an apprentice canal pilot with the
Panama Canal Company, becoming senior canal pilot
in 1975, where he was employed until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Floyd Shrader;
three daughters, Mrs. Gary (Gail) Abbott and Mrs.
David (Jana) Radzik, both of Balboa, Panama, and
Lisa Smith, Amherst, VA.; a stepdaughter, Mrs.
R.C. (Cheryl T.) Mayo, Amherst; a granddaughter,
Kisa Parks, Balboa; four step-grandchildren, Ryan
and Nathan Mayo, Amherst, and David and Nicole
Radzik, Balboa; a brother and four sisters.
Wesley H. Sparling, of Tinley Park, Illinois,
died May 7, 1989. He retired from the Electrical
Division of the Panama Canal in 1979 with over 31
years of service. He was the Master of Army Lodge,
A.F. & A.M. in 1974 and was originally a member of
Sibert Lodge, having lived on the Atlantic side
for many years.
Known survivors are his wife, Mary Jane; sons,
Michael D. and Wesley W. Sparling; daughter Lettie
(now Victoria Angelini/Preston.
John Wesley Urey, 67, of Dothan, Alabama, died
June 11, 1989 at a Birmingham hospital following
an extended illness. A native of Philadelphia, he
retired from the Industrial Division of the Panama
Canal Company after 38 years of service, as a
foreman pipefitter, where he received numerous
awards for his outstanding contributions. He was
a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
BPOElks Lodge 1414 of Balboa, the Dothan Elks
Lodge, the Gallon Club and St. Columba Catholic
Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey
Urey, who died in 1981.
Survivors include his wife, Mary G. Urey, of
Dothan; three daughters and two sons-in-law,
Walter and Suzanne Kleefkens, Dalles, OR., Michael
and Michele Perez, Del Rio, TX., Lorraine E. Dugan
of Panama; a sister, Blanche Durham, Las Vegas,
NV.; a brother, Chester E. Urey, Lubbock, TX.;
three grandsons, Brian Dugan, Ryan Perez and John
Wesley Perez; three granddaughters, Catherine Rob-
inson, Jennifer Bansch and Tricia Dugan; a great-
granddaughter, Jamie Robinson.
Flora Varon, 82, of Albuquerque, N.M., died
March 14, 1989. She was born in New York City, NY.
and graduated as a registered nurse from St.
Luke's Hospital in N.Y.C. in 1932, where she prac-
tised for 15 years. The next 25 years she worked
at Gorgas Hospital in the Canal Zone. She retired
to Albuquerque in 1971 and put in over 7,500 hours
as a volunteer at the V.A. Hospital for which she
was honored by the Red Cross there.
She is survived by a sister, Dr. Edith Varon of
Athens, GA.; a nephew, Peter Schubert of Westfield
Letters to the Editor
THE DEMPSEYS MOVE TO FLORIDA
Valerie (McIntire) and Bud Denpsey (Printing
Plant) with children Daren and Adrea, have gotten
tired of Colorado snow and cold weather and moved
to Florida last month. They are over on Cape Can-
averal about a block from the ocean. They think
it's great. Their phone is 407-783-4281 if anyone
is looking for them.
Also, Tom Price told me his son Abel is now in
Titusville with them.
Roger L. Deakins
PANAMA PASSPORT STAMP ON LEAVING
"Your family is waiting for you at home the
human life belongs only to God, not to man.
This country has been your paradise and friend,
helps trys to keep the peace, don't be a complice
to another Vietnam, that some in your government
wants, because it would not be only in this
country, but in all Latin America don't lights
fire to the pownder."
FROM EDWARD D. DWELLE
In the June issue of the Canal Record on page
ten, there is an article on the February opening
of the Safety, Health Office in what used to be
the Ancon Clubhouse.
The article deals with the memories of some who
used to go to the Ancon Clubhouse for recreation
and meals. I sure do have some memories of that
old building. There are some, I hope, that read
this and will recognize the name of Dwelle. My
father, Roy L. Dwelle was secretary of the Ancon
Clubhouse for several years. Some of those who
wrote of their memories seemed to remember the
soda fountain and the drinks that were served from
it. One of my memories has a different taste
S. because I remember a soup that the kitchen used to
I had a Star & Herald newspaper route in that
area for a couple of years and it was necessary
That I make collections late in the evening when
People were home. My mother would let me eat sup-
/ per at the Clubhouse and go to a movie, providing
it wasn't school night.
The movie theater was pretty cool with all the
1 windows that it had. On the other hand, the thea-
ter was mighty noisy when there was a heavy rain.
The tin roof really resounded to the rain and then
rueger and Roy Leeser skiing at the canvas curtains got to flopping in the wind.
a Ski Resort, Girdwood, Alaska, Some will remember that the Charley Morgans had
l 1989. Both Marty and Roy are their greenhouse across the street before they
S graduates now living in Anchor- moved out in the country.
aska. The pictures of the Anon making the 25th anni-
versary transit of the Canal brought back memories
because I was home from college and made that
indsey, surrounded by Anne Marie
, Patrick and Walter. (See With Mel Menges with new granddaughter, while
row). visiting son Bob in Charleston, S.C.
ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW
I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN
Most of what I really need to know about how to
live and what to do and how to be I learned in
Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the
graduate school mountain, but there in the sand-
pile at Sunday School. These are the things I
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for
Live a balanced life learn some and
think some and draw and paint and sing
and dance and play and work every day
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch
out for traffic, hold hands and stick
Be aware of wonder.
Contributed by Dorothy Bitter
St. Petersburg, FL.
NEWS OF THE HARNED FAMILY
Doris is painting and planning for the National
League of American Pen Women Conference to be held
in Winter Park, FL., on November 4-5. She was the
Florida State Art Chairman for the last confer-
Dan is resting due to hip replacement, but will
be back on the golf course as quickly as he can
L: Jason Harned. R: Justin Harned.
Danielle is flying, writing and partying. Ron
and wife Lynne live in Miami. Ron is court Liason,
Bureau of Fire Prevention, Office of the Fire Mar-
Jason, Ron's 9-year old son pitched and played
shortstop for the Miami Khoury League All Stars
this year. Jason is presently attending the Uni-
versity Of Miami hitting school where he has al-
ready won awards for hitting. The first day of
baseball camp, he won the best player award (play-
ing with 13-year olds).
Justin, Ron's six-year old son gave up soccer
for baseball. He won the best fielding award in
his age group.
We were all together for a few days at Christ-
mas. This does not happen very often.
Dan and Doris Harned
Green Cove Springs, FL.
C.Z. folks attend the Moser-Austin wed-
ding in Georgia: Back L-R: Gary Collins,
Louis Dedeaux, Brian Kennon, Sid Kennon,
Laura, Stephen, Tom Halvosa, James Hunt
and Paul Moser. Front L-R: Cynthia Pow-
etl, Stacey Collins, Barbara Dedeaux,
Frances Sampsell, Jean Litton, Jillian
Collins, Annie-Laurie Halvosa, Cissy
Collins and Gimmie Moser. Not shown:
Margaret and John Powell. (See Weddings)
PAN CANAL MAINERS GET TOGETHER
Some Panama Canal Mainers got together in July
to welcome Dotty and Bud Pluaner, just retired
after serving as the Canal's senior pilot for a
Jean Baker served Johnny Mazetti and mangoes to
Dona and John Brophy and Jean Hill in Castine,
Clara and Jack McKeen of nearby Verona Island
and Thea and George Smith of West Cove should be
at our next meeting.
The Kerley family reunion at the "Colom-
bia Restaurant" during the Society re-
union. Capt. and Mrs. Frank Kerley, Mike
and Maria Kerley Hernandez, Frank and
Dorothy Kerley, and grandsons Frank and
Steve Kerley and Mikey Hernandez.
PANAMAA GANG" AT DALLAS, TEXAS
On a recent trip to Dallas, Texas, Bob and
Linda Morris were guests at a no-host "Fiesta" at
the 'Trail Dust,' a Country and Western Food,
Drink and Dance establishment.
Those who attended are pictured below:
Front L-R: Kart Shaw, Beth Shaw and Bob-
by, Bliss Connerton ned Morris and son
Jay. Center L-R: Bill and Marie Shaw,
Dorothy Wallace, Linda and Bob Morris,
Carole and Bob Ciepiela, Carlton Morris.
Back L-R: Walt Wallace, Holly Hanesworth
Marnie Hanesworth ned Morris, and hus-
A MESSAGE FROM "TOI" B. HUFF
To the members of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida at the 1989 Reunion:
I have a message for my friends and the people
who shared our privileges and cultures of the
Canal Zone and Panama; the beauties of the ocean,
beaches, rivers, plains, hills and mountains; the
sunrises and sunsets, moonlit skies on a clear
night. Each generation who grew up on the Isthmus
became better acquainted with the language, cusine
and music, and social events that enriched our
How sorry I am that I cannot be with you to
celebrate this 75th anniversary of the opening of
the Panama Canal. I'm sure it will be the biggest
and the best, an unforgettable event. I will be
there in spirit, even moreso, as it is my 75th
Could Tito Mouynes and his conjunto play a few
rounds of my favorite "La Tambor de Alegria," and
how about a a little "Pescao?"
Saludos a todos y hasta luego.
Antoinette B. Huff
Western North Carolina
June 23, 1989
Back, L-R: Larry Cox, Maricha Tagaropo-
lus de Kitras, Jody Roberson, June Row-
ley Stevenson, Topper Didier, Davis Lane
Front: John Hayes and Donna Geyer Bowman
FROM BOB AND MARCIA JONES
Bob and Marcia Jones, Ft. Collins, Colorado,
returned from a month of July tour of New Emgland.
Visiting with their son, Dr. Daniel and family,
Pam, Chris and Bev in Massachusetts.
Also visited Ted (Chaplain at Ft. Davis) and
kathleen (Coco Solo Hosp. R.N.) Kuehn in Naugatuck
Stopped by Crestline, Ohio, with Gerry Schill
(Pete, PRR), with Bob receiving some wonderful
C.Z. railroad mememtos of Pete's. Gerry plans a
move to Florida to be nearer daughter Debbie
and they have lived in Indiana for 5 years now. He
works on a farm that is owned by her family.
Eric is going to school in Linton, Indiana,
where my parents also live.
Jamie Mowery Dickinson
Springfield, IL 62704
Shirley Cox celebrating with CHS'59
grads Kathleen Cox and Bill Hayes.
ABELLS OF GAMBOA VISITS MORENCYS
My daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Dick
Abell of Gamboa, and their two granddaughters
visited us for the month of July and we really
enjoyed seeing them. We celebrated my birthday and
their 25th wedding anniversary, July 25 with a
small dinner party at our home with family and
We had a great time and hated to see them
Marie L. Morency
St. Petersburg, FL.
JAMIE MOWERY DICKINSON WRITES:
I just wanted to send in some information on my
I ran into Bruce Egolf out at a college where
we were both attending night classes. I had him
and his wife over, along with my dad, Bob Mowery
and my mom, Ann. Stephanie (Mowery) Cooprider and
her two children, Courtney 5, and Tyler 3, were
here also. Bruce brought over a lot of Canal
Records and so now I am sending in my membership
fee. I'm really excited about my class reunion. In
the near future I'll be requesting some addresses
of my classmates.
About my family: I married an M.P. who was down
in Panama, John Dickinson, in 1980. We now have
two children, Ashley 5, and Jonathon 10 months. We
live in Springfield, Illinois.
Michael Mowery married an Indiana girl, Kathy,
Mini-reunion in May on Truman and Bet-
sy's Lazy Lady Island in Lake Champlain,
Vermont. L-R: Fred and Bev Ebdon, At and
Kaye Miller, Jim and Edna Million, all
of Sarasota, FL., and Truman Hoenke.
SI! DONT HAVE A
CANAL ZONE POLICE STILL VIGILANT: Bob
Strey, Grandview, MO., caught his grand-
daughter Jessica Harmon, driving without
a license. Once a Policeman, always a
MRKE THE SECRETARY'S DiY -
PfiY 1990 DUES NOW!
GEORGE M. TOTTEN ENGINEERED PRR
by Oleta Tinnin
Midnight next Sunday will mark the 130th anni-
versary of the completion of the Panama Railroad.
"Invitations are out for the most sublime and mag-
nificent nuptials ever celebrated on our planet,
the wedding of the rough Atlantic to the fair
Pacific Ocean," the New York Mirror reported on
The "wedding" of the two oceans was repeated
many years later when the S.S. Ancon made its his-
toric inaugural transit through the Panama Canal,
and the completion of the railroad played an im-
portant role in making that union possible. One of
the people who deserve credit for the earlier ac-
complishment was the railroad's chief engineer,
Col. George M. Totten, whose indomitable force
pushed the project to its successful conclusion.
Colonel Totten was a man of infinate patience
who believed in hiring the right person for the
job and then allowing ample time for its comple-
tion. His private papers have disclosed that in
1850, just as railroad construction was getting
underway, a man named William Thonpson was in
charge of filling the "Black Swamp," a seemingly
bottomless pit between Manzanillo Island (now
Colon) and the mainland.
For weeks a pile-driving crew stood by, totally
immobile, waiting for the hole to be filled so
they could get on with their work. Meanwhile, Mr.
Thompson's crew dumped rock and dirt from an end-
less chain of carts into the mire with no apparent
results. A discouraged Mr. Thompson finally went
to Colonel Totten to hand in his resignation. When
it became apparent that the resignation was based
solely on Mr. Thompson's frustration over his lack
of visible progress, Colonel Totten sent him back
to finish the job, and his subsequent success led
to a lifetime career with the railroad.
On other occasions, Colonel Totten's employment
practices were somewhat less orthodox. One day,
while strolling into the railroad employment of-
fice, he spotted an oversized applicant of solid
bulk, massive shoulders and heavy, gnarled arms.
He beckoned the man over to inquire about not only
his ability to read and write but also his ex-
perience as a prizefighter.
He explained that he had tried to fire the
track master at Frijoles, but had been unsuccess-
ful because every time he sent someone over to
take over the position, the incumbent had beat him
to a pulp and sent him back on the next train. "If
you can lick him, you can have his job." the colo-
nel promised, adding that the position paid four
dollars a day and would allow the applicant to
hire and fire his own workers.
After meeting and agreeing on the formalities
concerning their match, the two competitors shook
hands and went at it. Within a few minutes the in-
ternational station crew had surrounded the ring,
shouting encouragement in Chinese, Hindustani,
Spanish, English and several African dialects.
Soon both men were winded and worse for the wear,
and each went sprawling to the dirt several times
before the fight was over.
When the track master's guard dropped moment-
arily, the newcomer saw his opening and, summoning
the last of his strength, crunched his fist into
his opponent's chin. The track master spun around
and crashed through the railing, smashing his face
first into a mango tree. His arms flopped around
the trunk, and after a moment, he slowly crumpled
to the ground, unable to marshal himself to con-
tinue the bout.
An hour later the afternoon freight pulled up
with Colonel Totten aboard. He found the two com-
batants in the station, washed clean and coated
with arnica, and discovered that the new track
master had hired his predecessor as an assistant.
"But he's fired," said the Colonel. "That's what
I sent you here to take care of." The man replied,
"Sure he's fired, by you. But don't I hire and
fire on my gang?" When the colonel answered in the
affirmative, the new track master added, "Well,
he's hired again by me!" "Hired it is," Colonel
Totten replied as he turned and walked out.
Despite his seemingly calm acceptance of the
conditions under which he performed his duties,
Colonel Totten eventually contracted yellow fever,
the disease that had killed so many of his employ-
ees. In Fifty Years in Panram, Tracy Robinson, a
railroad employee at the time, wrote that the ex-
perience was popularly referred to as the time the
colonel "died and came to life again." The doctor
had announced that there was no hope. The coffin
was ready and a funeral train was in waiting; but
Colonel Totten refused to succumb.
"You are mistaken, sir," he told the doctor.
"What would become of the road?" A few weeks later
he was up and about again. And he was there to
personally hammer in the spike that secured the
final tie on the Panama Railroad at midnight and
in driving rain.
The Panama Canal Spillway
January 18, 1985
RELOCATION OF PANAMA RAILROAD
A major highlight on the Isthmus of Panama in
the latter part of April 1914 was the relocation
of the Panama Railroad Station Building to a newly
constructed terminal in what is now the Fifth of
The decision to construct a bigger terminal
just south of the old station had been made by
Panama Railroad officials in February 1912. H.E.
Barlett, the Panama Railroad Architect, submitted
several designs in neoclassic style, and Canal
workers under the superintendent of bridges and
buildings prepared the foundations. In September
1912, the contract for the construction of the new
terminal was awarded to the Central American Con-
struction Conpany. For the sum of $81,688, the
company agreed to furnish the necessary labor and
material for the erection of the new station and
for the razing of the old one.
Panama Railroad Depot, Panama, June of
The work included the construction of a two-
story main building facing "Avenida B" and a
three-story wing in the rear that included a
mezzanine. The ground floor of the main building
featured separate entrances, vestibules and first
and second-class waiting rooms. Office and a room
for unclaimed baggage were placed in the mezza-
nine, and the entire second story was divided into
quarters for bachelors in accordance with the Pan-
ama Railroad's custom of providing living accom-
modations for employees.
The building, which was the third Panama Rail-
road terminal constructed in Panama City, served
as a passenger station until 1960, when it was
turned over to the Panama government. Today, it
houses the Reina Torres de Arauz Anthropological
Panama Canal Commission
April 19, 1989
LAST DAY OF U.S. OPERATION
September 30, 1979
DE IGUANA LIMITED
De Iguana Limited, she does cuff de track
From Balboa Station to Colon City and back.
She puff fume from de spout and does leave her
Sounding calypso beat click, clickety clack.
"Iguana Limited," her name before Carter,
But when he sell CZ, her fate change by charter.
She now have new nickname, de Zonians call she -
"Swamp Machine Marvel," swept clean by de bushee.
Me memory does serve me to tank she for travel,
In de days and nights when she smoot on de gravel.
But now me does fright dat she take final blow,
For she has no bases to come nor to go.
In case no one after us her of her plight,
We does wish you to know dat she was "ahl right!"
She other name called was de "Panama Railroad,"
But now she gwan dead and slowly corrode.
"299," de ancestor of she, does also res' faith-
fully not far from de sea.
If you does listen, you might turn back de tree
and find her sof' whistle -
De congressmen tink dat Zone people does blind,
But de conressmen show dey has one-track mind!
De track and de Treaty like water/oil mix,
Wid Carter and Omar de plans end in tricks.
One lesson learn, bwoys an' girls of all age,
Mind your teacher and listen FIRST stage.
CANAL ZONE HIGH SCHOOL IN
-When I read in the papers what goes on in
schools today and think back to our high school
years it seems we might have been on another plan-
et. Not just the the drugs, alcohol and weapons
NMI but people graduating who can't read and write.
We had tests! Surprise tests on Friday or Mon-
d -- -' '- r iday, once a month tests, 6 weeks tests, mid-year
S-tests and finals. Having to take and pass tests
along the way may be the reason so many Cristobal
S-High School and Balboa High School students did
so well in college and went on to successful
P.R.R. Freight House, circa 1883. I see schools on TV with long rows of lockers
water tank cars in foreground for which we didn't have. We had home rooms and what-
5 water tank cars in forground for
Spurpose. ever books we didn't need to take home we left in
our desks and when we returned found them just
where we left them. There were closets in the
back of the room for raincoats.
The pranks at BHS were just that. During my
four years (I graduated in 1935) the most trouble
anyone got into that I can remember was when Roy
Tasco Davis, Jr., affectionately nicknamed Stinky
after a character in the funnies from "Toonerville
Trolley", and his friend, Johnny Calhoun, ran some
men's shorts up the flagpole. Stinky's father was
the American Consul in Panama. What many mothers
probably considered more of a crime with the tra-
ditional ritual of cutting most of the hair of the
"scobies", freshmen boys. This necessitated a
< trip to the barber shop where the heads were
shaved. Every year some mothers tried to put a
stop to the custom but failed.
We used to have dances in the open space above
ad car, circa 1885 at Jackson & the ground floor offices. This space was covered
Car Works, U.S.A., built for the over later when the library was built there. When
a big dance was coming up we girls had requests
to teach boys to dance when they decided it was
time to learn. For a big dance we had the quaint
.o orcustom of having dance programs.
Dances at the Tivoli were wonderful and the
Yacht Club was fine too. We danced wherever we
could and as often as we could and the Canal Zone
boys were and are the absolute best.
The class officers for our senior year are pic-
tured in our Zonian but I have forgotten all the
others in other years except when we were Soph-
mores. That year the girls decided we wanted
Billy Hunter for class president. If the boys had
another candidate his name escapes me but they
said we wanted Billy because he was cute. He was,
and had other qualities that made him a good pre-
sident and yes, he was elected. He turned out to
?orative Trip, 100th Anniversary of be a good organizer and speaker and of course he
tion of Panama Railroad, First was a great dancer. In fact, he was an excellent
continental Railroad in the Amer- president. It was fun recalling all this with
Colon R.R. Station, R.P., January Gene Hamlin because he remembers it the same way
55. I do.
In sports we had only one rival: Cristobal
High School. During soccer season or baseball
season or any sport we went back and forth between
schools every Saturday. The rivalry was intense
but friendly and afterwards there was usually a
dance to celebrate.
We had some super teachers. Mr. Hodges taught
us American History and made it fun. He told us
that the most important date for us to know was
the date of the defeat of the Spanish Armada and
we would not pass if we didn't know it and would
fail if we didn't. He convinced me. It was 1588.
And there was Miss Katherine Jessup, in my opinion
the worlds greatest teacher. She loved literature
and wanted her students to love it too and to pass
it on. It worked for me and I read poetry to my
children when they were too young to understand
the words but loved the sounds. They grew up with
books and now they teach their own children what
fun it is to read. I always meant to get in
touch with Miss Jessup in later years to tell her
all this but I waited too long and will always
Mr. Fred Hosler was principal in my senior year
and I worked as a "go-fer" in his office during
a free period. He was interested in us all and
asked what my career plans were, encouraged me
when I said it would be nursing. Years later
after the war when I was living in the States I
read an article about him in LIFE magazine rela-
ting to his success in running the school system
of Allentown, PA. It praised him highly. I wrote
him a letter and received a reply in just a few
days. He remembered me and asked about my nur-
The highlight of the year was the gathering of
the students in the patio for Christmas carols.
Who can forget David Smith singing "0 Holy Night"?
All the little children from the early grades sat
on the floor or stood on the first steps, parents
up above on the upper floors looking down and the
rest of the grades in between. Maybe they still
do this. I hope so.
We were lucky to grow up in that place in that
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Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
EXTRACTS OF TRUE STORIES OF LIFE
AND WORK ON THE ISTHMUS OF PANAMA
SPONSORED BY THE
ISTHMIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
In 1963, as the 50th anniversary of
the opening of the Panama Canal drew
near, the Isthmian Historical Society
decided to make a collection of stories
of personal experiences of non-United
States citizens during Construction Days
by means of a contest. This contest was
published on the Isthmus and in news-
papers in the Caribbean area. Prizes
were awarded in December, 1963.
Most of the 112 contest entries were
handwritten. I have tried to reproduce
the entries exactly as they were written
but in some cases the handwriting was
difficult to decipher and it is possible
that there are errors.
The original entries are in the cus-
tody of the Canal Zone Library-Museum.
Typewritten copies of the entries were
given to that library and the Institute
of Jamaica at Kingston, Jamaica.
Ruth C. Stuhl
From Albert Banister, Colon, R.P. I.D. #5876
....We had plenty to eat good place to sleep
good medical attendance you get pay prop rain or
shine pay day never put off their is not a man
can say Uncle Sam rob or cheat him one black cent
what you agree to work for that is what Uncle paid
you. I was admitted at Ancon Hospital about 12
times God bless the officials that found out safety
cornetee...in Culebra cut that is call Galliard
cut that was where the Gove-rnent had the stiffest
job which I an others never believe will ever put
through because today you dig and it grow tomorrow
beside it slides every day the Government wash
down the hill give it a bath night and day until
the hill catch cramp then blass it up with danni-
Who got to Jail petty charge 10 days 10 step
aside said the Judge you get fin and confine that
was the law men and woman would run for their
lives through the bush if caught go to Jail pay
a fine and get married many people get married for
six months but it did not last for their was no
love they just went for a short time but bad luck
YOUR 1990 DUES 6RE DUE JINUF6RY 1, 1990
catch them so marriage did not last but it was the
law of the Canal Zone don't stand for bad life....
We had many nice song during the time at work
first song, steam boat bill down Missippy, second
I love you yes I do, third, If you don't like
Uncle Sanmy don't be ungreatfull to him and many
more it take me a whole year to remember all on
account of high cost of living I am not in a
position of a little money to purchase writing
paper to write all that I remember I there-fore
bet Uncle Sammy to remember the disability re-
leaf retirree... .we will soon dead out but while
we alive please give us a little to eat we cannot
beg the other fellow he don't know us everybody
want the Canal all you can hear gee me gee me gee
me nobody did help Uncle but Uncle and Uncle
alone I am nervous I will close Uncle Sam had
down hear big American horses and mules Police
use to keep duty on horse back the mules will be
drawing big cart picking up garbage the mules are
trained they know cachee blow at 11 o'clock when
11 oclock they stick up their ears straight if
the driver was foolish to call him come on Jacky
for a next load he will kick up smash up the car
and push you in jail they fine you 250 step
aside you are charge for being cruel to dum anni-
mals better you was charge fighting with someone
never you touch the mule he will look you up he
will kick until Police come many men run away for
Now a days the men go to work with a lunch keet
having a few piece of bread one apple a bottle of
hot coffee call it lunch long before that would
not do that can't work that can't dig Uncle Sam
Canal you have to carry a proper meals heavy meals
and Uncle have it repair for you the best of
everything but we was tired with the food so we
generally wake up at 3 A.M. sometimes 2 A.M.
cooking rice and pease and heavy perk-chup or beef
stake or big junk of ham the meals is set we re-
port to Uncle in the Mess Hall for breakfast we
had more plenty to eat they will take the bread
and the knife give the bread wap-wap take butter
dump it in their a big piece of ham or cheese or
beef stake double in there accompany with hot
coffee then you sit and eat it was very good -
rough and regular that was the chief piece of
tool which we use to dig Uncle Sam Canal Uncle
knows what he was doing he both kill malaria and
open up our appitite and get this work done....
Balboa-Pedro Miguel Basketball Team,
1926-27. Back L-R: Byrne Hutchings, Jim-
my Driscoll, Dad Jones (Rusty's dad),
Burton E.' Davis, Rusty Jones.- Middle L-R
Fred Newhardt, Buster Burgoon, Bobby
Engelke, Collins (H.S. Teacher). Seated
L-R: Ed Blakely, Elias Anastaciado, Carl
Newhardt. Front: Junior Jones. Others:
Paul Sullivan, "Gringo" Guardia.-
CHS CLASS OF 1939
The CHS Class of 1939 will gather for their
50th Class Reunion at the PCSSC West Coast Reunion
at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego, CA., September 20
to 22. Those who were unable to attend our reunion
in Florida in June hope you can make this one,
and those who did make the Fla. reunion and can
make the San Diego one GREAT! Contact Fern
(Horine) Dabill, 4210 No. 56th Ave., Phoenix, AZ,
BHS CLASS OF 1940 REUNION
The Class of 1940 Reunion will be held during
March 29-30-31, 1990 in Dothan, Alabama.
An information letter has been mailed out to
all those whose addresses are in the committee's
files. Please let us hear from you as soon as
possible if you are interested in attending, with
your name, address and telephone number. The com-
mittee members are: Dorothy Kalar Kennedy, Jane
Tcnpkins Heselton, Joan Ridge deGrumond and the
Chairperson, Louise Rathgeber Hunt, 2810 Evans
Drive, Dothan, AL 36303.
45TH FOR '45
Reunion that is! We are anxious to plan a re-
union for BHS '45 if our classmates are interested
and can tentatively plan to attend. It will be
held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
of Florida's 1990 Reunion in Orlando, Fla. June
21st through 25th.
Mannie Quintero will be sending out cards to
test your interest. Please reply as soon as pos-
sible as planning takes time and the more time we
have, the better reunion we can plan for you. So
watch your mailbox and reply promptly.
BHS/CHS CLASS OF 1955 REUNION
A joint BHS/CHS '55 reunion celebrating our
35th graduation anniversary is in the planning
stages, which will take place during the Panama
Canal Society reunion in Orlando during June 21-25
1990. We need your help immediately. Send your
expressions of interest, current addresses, phone
numbers, and most urgently send addresses or clues
as to the whereabouts of any 1955 classmates not
members of the Panama Canal Society. If you know
of any such classmates, encourage them to join the
Society for all it offers and to reunite with old
friends. With a little dedication and hard work,
a joint reunion of 150-200 classmates is possible.
Write to your respective BHS or CHS representative
BHS-CHS CLASS OF 1949/50 REUNION
The BHS-CHS Classes of 1949 and 1950 Reunion
Committee is currently making plans for their 41st
-40th Class reunion to be held in conjunction with
the 1990 Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando,
Florida. Tentative plans include a social hour
(cash bar) and a buffet dinner on Thursday, June
If you are a member of BHS-CHS Class of 1949 or
BHS-CHS Class of 1950, or know of someone who is,
please send name, address and phone number to:
Bea (Reyes) umnn
545 Moss Ave.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Larry Horine Jal
300 Stadium Dr. 13(
Boone, NC 28607 Mi,
Joan (Powell) Arndt
905 Shearwood Drive
Perrysburg, OH 43551
cqueline (Whitlock) Werbrouck
09 South Spring
shawaka, IN 46544
Joan Hensler Toscar
6181 Yellowstone Dr.
Daytona Beach, FL 32019
1106 Oropesa Ave.
Orlando, FL 32807
7321 Wickford Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22310-4214
Joe Wood (BHS'55)
PSC Box 2472
APO illami, FL 34002
BHS/CHS CLASS OF 1960
Our 30th class reunion will be held in con-
junction with the Panama Canal Society of Florida
reunion. For further information please contact:
Eileen Cox Cowell
639 Honeysuckle Lane
Severna Park, MD 21146
PSC Box 1685
APO Miami, FL 34002
Dolores Wheeler Hall
503 Cave Lane
San Antonio, TX 78209
Celia Th mpson Rick
Lancaster, PA 17601
Jean (Dough) Judge
11402 3rd Street N-3
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
BHS CLASS OF 1952 REUNION
In conjunction with the West Coast Reunion in
San Diego, BHS'52 will have a mini-reunion and
luncheon at noon, Saturday, September 23. Cost is
$13.00 per person. Mail your check payable to the
West Coast Reunion, and marked for the BHS'52
luncheon to Conrad Horine, 16136 Lassen St., Sep-
ulvede, CA 91343. Deadline is August 22. Exact
location to be announced, but probably at the
Bahia Hotel, 998 West Mission Bay Drive, which is
CHS CLASS OF 1962
We are organizing for our 30th Reunion!! Please
send your name, address and phone number, and any
other names and addresses of former classmates you
may have. Need help! Contact: Edna G. Foster, 1540
Pawnee St., Orange Park, FL. 32065. 904-276-5543.
CHS CLASS OF 1965 REUNION
The Committee have offered to contact as many
'65 CHS grads as possible to plan and coordinate
our 25th class reunion. We need the names, addres-
ses and phone numbers of our classmates. Mons,
Dads, brothers and sisters please help us locate
As soon as we have your address we will send
you all the info there is to date. If you have any
suggestions or can help in any way, we sure could
use it. Let's make it "one to remember!"
Carla (Chambers) Spafford
Denton, TX 76201 Alt
Fred J. Ryan, Jr.
620 Mockingbird Lane
tamonte Springs, FL 32714
CHS CLASS OF 1980
The CHS Class of 1980 is making an effort to
locate any classmates who would like to attend and
Who would be willing to help plan our 10-year re-
union to be held in Orlando in conjuction with the
Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion in 1990.
Please send your name and address to Holly or
Vicky at the address below. Don't forget to let us
know if you are interested in helping, AND if you
have address of other classmates.
Holly (Coe) Wheeler
358 2nd Street
Spring Hill, FL 34610
P.O. Box 652
BHS/CHS CLASS OF 1970
The BHS/Chs Class of 1970 Reunion Committee is
currently making plans for their 20th Class Re-
union to be held in conjunction with the 1990 Pan-
ama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando, FL. Plans
for the reunion will be a poolside fiesta at the
Delta Court of Flags. If you are a member of the
class or know of someone who is, please send name,
address and phone number to Vicki Sizemore (BHS),
205D Carol Blvd., Auburndale, FL 33823. Telephone:
Other members of the committee are: Jacque
(Crowell) Vowell (BHS), Faye (Weisser) Finegan
(BHS), Donella (Maclean) Vogel (BHS), Deanna Flora
Favorite (CHS). Packets for the reunion will be
mailed in August, so get your address in as soon
CHS 1975 15th Class Reunion
Just think fifteen years since we swaggered out of CHS.
Maurie Moore has agreed to do the dirty work to find a party
room strong enough to contain us, while I kick back and send
mail. You know the info we need just send it to Margaret
Kienzle at 1225 N. Pierce St., #505, Arlington, VA, 22209.
BHS CLASS OF 1980
We are beginning to make plans for our 10th
reunion. Please send your address and addresses of
other classmates you may have to:
3517 Normandy Ave. Apt. 3
Dallas, Texas 75205
If anyone from the BHS Class of 1980 has any
pictures of classmates or school related activi-
ties, please forward them to me. The pictures will
be used in conjunction with our upcoming 10-year
reunion next year in Orlando. Any pictures submit-
ted will be returned promptly. Susan Kelleher,
12602 Forest Lane Dr. #1004, Tampa, FL 33624.
BHS CLASS OF 1981
We are beginning to make plans for our 10-year
class reunion. Please send your name and address
to Maritza or Susan at the addresses below. If you
are interested in helping and having any addresses
of other classmates, please forward them to us.
4814 Northdale Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33624
16402 Cypress Mulch Circle
Tanpa, FL 33624
PRY YOUR 1990 DUES NOW! VOID THE
GULF COAST PICNIC
A no-host picnic will be held starting at 11:00
a.m. on Saturday, September 30, at the Davis Bayou
Campground of the Gulf Islands National Seashore,
off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs, Miss. All ex-Zonians
in the area or passing through are invited to
For those with trailers or RV's, Davis Bayou
has campsites with electric and water hook-ups and
a dump station. For camping details, contact the
Assistant Superintendent, Guld Islands National
Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
For picnic details, contact Owen or Gerda Smith,
(601) 542-3441. If you need a ride or have room to
offer someone else a ride, please coordinate with
state reporter Patt Roberson (504) 774-7761.
ANNUAL POCONO REUNION
The Annual Pocono Reunion will be held during
September 22-23, 1989, at the Best Western Motor
Lodge, Tannersville, PA., 18372.
Prices are $63.00/person double occupancy which
includes 2 nights lodging and 2 dinners. Single
occupancy, $94.92 includes same as above.
For information, reservations and deposits,
contact Mrs. Paul, 717-629-1667.
FALL ARIZONA LUNCHEON-MEETING
The Panama Canal Society of Arizona will hold
its Fall 1989 luncheon-meting at the Sunland Inn,
near Arizona City, on Interstate 10, on Saturday,
October 7, 1989. The no-host cash bar will open at
11:00 a.m. and the hot and cold buffet will be
served at 12:00 noon.
The cost of the luncheon will be $8.00 per per-
son, payable by October 1. Send checks or money
orders (payable to the Panama Canal Society of
Arizona) to Mrs. Beverly Fraim, Secretary/Treas-
urer, 445 N. Wilmot #342, Tucson, AZ 85711.
Directions: Drive north on I-10 to exit just
south on I-8 junction, marked "Sunland Gin Rd.,"
visible from I-10 on the east side of the Inter-
state, and is located on Sunland Gin Rd. (Formerly
Ramada Inn). If driving south on I-10, pass the
I-8 junction and take next exit just south of I-8,
taking you to east side of I-10. The Inn is on
Sunland Gin Rd. on your left.
PCSOFL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
Saturday, December 9, 1989
3535 Ulmerton Road
Begin the Holiday Season by attending our own
festive Luncheon/Meeting at the Holiday Inn,
chaired by Muriel Whitman, on December 9, 1989.
The Holiday Inn is located next to the Showboat
Dinner Theater on Ulmerton Rd (State Road 688).
The Luncheon/Meeting starts at 12:00 noon. The
cost per person is $11.95. The menu consists of:
Tossed Salad, Chicken Sarasota, Rice Pilaf, Vege-
table, Hot Rolls, Beverage and Dessert.
The deadline for reservations is: December 6.
NO refunds after December 7.
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PCSOFL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON RESFATICN
December 9, 1989
(St. Petersburg-Clearwater Int. Airport)
3535 Ulmerton Rd. (SR 688).
Please make reservations at $11.25
each. Total enclosed is:
Checks payable to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida. Mail to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida, PO Box 1508, Palm Harbor FL 34682
ZIP CODE TELEPHONE
SPACE COAST ANNUAL PICNIC
The Space Coast group of ex-Canal Zonites is
having their annual picnic in Titusville, Fla.,
this coming October 15, 1989. It will be held at
Fox Lake Park from noon until 6:00 P.M.
For any information call: Roger Deakins at
407-269-3868 or Don Miller at 407-269-0389.
As usual, anyone from the "other side" (in this
case it means the Gulf Coast of Florida) has a
special invitation to come over and see us. We
sure enjoyed the times you all came.
YOUR 1990 DUES iRE DUE JFiNUFiRY 1, 1990
PCSOFL ANNUAL PICNIC
The Panama Canal Society of Florida will hold
it's annual picnic at noon, Saturday, October 7,
1989, at Pavillion #3, A.L. Anderson Park, Hwy 19,
Anderson Park is located .7 miles north of
Klosterman Rd. and .9 miles south of Tarpon
Springs Rd., on the east side of Hwy. 19.
Pavillion #3 has ample parking, handicapped
drop-off, an excellent view of Lake Tarpon, and is
close to restrooms.
Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered
dish and your own soft drinks. The Society will
furnish plastic plates, utensils and paper cups.
Members are reminded that the Park does not
allow alcoholic beverages on the premises.
GAMES AND PRIZES!
A short business meeting will be held after
NEW BHS-CHS INDEX
The BHS-CHS Index provides a ready reference of
your friends and fellow alumni. It is organized by
school and class with an alphabetical index in the
front. We would like to include your information
in the next issue. To get a listing form, just
send a self-addressed envelope to Conrad S Horine,
16136 Lassen St., Sepulveda, CA 91343.
There is no charge for your listing. The Rec-
ord will announce publication of the new Index.
Its cost will be nominal.
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Send all ads and checks for ads DIRECT to the
Editor, 1408 Byram Drive, Clearwater, FL 34615
Make checks payable to: Panama Canal Society
of Florida. Ads accepted from members only.
Approx. 31x1" (1/20th page) is $4.00. 1/5 page
is $16.00, Half page $40.00. Full page $80.00.
Write for COMMERCIAL AD RATES, (Businesses).
WANTED: Very dark blue Wedgewood (Jasperware) with
Grecian figures. No piece too small to buy. If you
would like to sell, please contact Barbara M.
Hutchings, 5205 Willow Pt. Pkwy., Marietta, GA.
Award Winning Story
The History of the Panama Canal in Stamps
Raymond W. Ireson
Julius Grigore, Jr.
Captain, USN, Retired
Panama Historical Society
220 pages Xerographic Copy Colored Soft Colors
$22.00 postpaid US/Canada $25.00 Foreign
J. Grigore, 425 Harbor Drive, South,
Venice, FL 34285
FOR SALE: Panama Canal Commission Comremorative
Albums. Nice Christmas gift. On consignment to me
from P.C.C. Only a few left. $3.50 each plus $1.00
shipping and handling (up to 3). Write to, and
make check out to: Richard Beall, 1408 Byram Dr.,
Clearwater, FL 34615. (813) 461-1377.
FOR SALE: Disposing of an extensive collection of
artifacts from the Canal Zone, including table
linens from the Tivoli Hotel, silverware from now
defunct churches, books with signatures, stamps
and 10 postcards, Tivoli furniture, items from
Cristobal Union Church, etc. Itemized sheet and
prices sent on request. Some items already spoken
for. Mrs. Chris Doyle, 722 N. Elm, Grand Island,
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Introducing A New Photographic Experience
Exclusive photographs of the Canal Zone
available only from Royal Palm Creations
Photos by David G. Bivin
These 8 1/2 x 11 full-color, custom-quality
photographs are suitable for framing. And they
make great gifts for those who have a special place
in their hearts for the Canal Zone.
Homeland Memories 1989 edition, only $14.95 each
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by Samuel J. Stoll, LL.B., LL.M., 1989
A long-researched book that challenges the legal and moral validity
of the Carter-Torrijos Panama Canal (Surrender) Treaties. Richly quoting
from historic and contemporary source material, including suppressed and
doctored documents and the statements of parties on both sides of the
issues, it presents a stark picture of the surrender of the Panama Canal.
"I strongly recommend that all who support our national security,
regardless of whether they support or oppose the treaty, read this
documentation and make up their own mind."
-Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"There is no question in my mind that if this book and these
documents had been available in 1977 the Treaty would never have been
-Director, Washington "Think Tank."
Policy Press, Livingston, N.J. 07039. Distributed by Baker & Taylor, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. 600 pages 6" x 9", available in
book stores in hard cover (ISBN 0-9623409-1-x $34.95) and soft cover (ISBN 0-9623409-0-1 $19.95). Available by mail order in
soft cover ($19.95 plus $2.50 postage, handling) from "Human Events." 422 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003.
Lets go back in time to August 15, 1939. The United
States issues a 30 Commemorative Stamp honoring the 25th
Anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. The
U.S.S. Charleston is the Flag ship of the Special Service
Squadron which is used to patrol the waters adjacent to the
Canal. It is anchored in the Canal and acts as the official of-
fice for the First Day of Issue Ceremonies This is the first
time such honors have ever been given onboard ship. A total
of 230,974 envelopes are reported to have been mailed for
that occasion. It cost just 30 to mail a letter from the Zone to
It is now August 15, 1989. The U.S. does not issue a
commemorative stamp. This is the last time the canal will
have a quarter century anniversary under U.S. control.
There is a new U.S.S. Charleston. It's home is Norfolk, Va.
It cost 250 to mail a letter from the the Zone to the U.S.
9 75th Anniversary
3 Color 6 3/4
Special commemorative envelopes are available for your
personal use so that you may commemorate and remember
this great event in your own way. These envelopes with the
design only, cost $1.00 ea. prepaid. using the same design I
will apply the 30 commemorative stamp from 1939 and a
220 stamp from 1988 to be canceled onboard the U.S.S.
Charleston on August 15, 1989. These envelopes cost only
$2.50 ea. prepaid. Please be sure to include $1.00 for
shipping and specify what you are ordering.
Send all orders to:
925 E. Magnolia Dr. Apt H-2
Tallahassee, FL 32301
RETIRING? READ THIS!! and think TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
After so many years of living in a foreign land it's excilerating, and some-
times confusing, to plan the big move back to the good-old U.S. of A. Lots of fun
but also many questions to be solved. Primary among the many pit-falls and
unknowns is the question of how best to go about buying that perfect, and long
dreamed of retirement home.
Rules and regulations, materials and methods of construction, prices, types
and rates of mortgages, discount points, closing costs, are just a few of the
many questions to be considered. Also, the uninformed buyer is often unaware of
the fact that the Realtor, who is errployed by the Seller, is obligated by law to
seek the highest price and terms. This can be reversed, but unfortunately for the
Buyer, seldom is. A Realtor employed by the Buyer (at little cost to the Buyer)
becomes obligated by law to seek the lowest prices and terms.
After 32 years in the Canal Zone and Panama I have now lived in Tallahassee
since Christmas 1984 and both ny wife Phyllis and I love it here. I am a licensed
Realtor Associate with Eason-Russell Inc. and have been active in real estate for
the past 3 years during which time I have successfully represented several
ex-Zonian buyers who have happily settled here.
If you would like information about the Tallahassee area and how to get more
for your real estate dollar, please drop me a line:
Chris Gundersen, 2705 Pine Ridge Rd., Tallahassee, FL. 32308
Wanted: Canal Zone stamps Used on Envelopes (Com-
plete). Collector will pay the following: ATTENTION!
1. Registered Letters, 1905-1925 $15.00 ss ppL )iu3Jn
1926-1929 7.50 JnOX uo palsod sn doml aSeold
2. Insured Letters 5.00 a "J no,( oaJqA
3. Certified Letters 5.00 mor D S Ime Iuop aM ing
4. Special Delivery Letters 4.00 31 3 A ;J;qA AOUi3 OM
5. Covers with C.Z. Postage Due Stamps 4.00 a n
6. All other envelopes, 1904-1924 5.00 B M l Mo no
1925-1929 2.50 aJe noA aJiqtx AMOUr no0
7. Construction Scene Postcards 1.00
Used from Canal Zone 3.00
For large accumulations call collect to:
(213) 474-5951. Brad Wilde, (BHS'75), 19418 Gulf
Blvd., #305, Indian Shores, FL. 34635.
FOR SALE: Seal of the Canal, counted cross stitch i
and needlepoint kits. Cross stitch is $15 plus
$1.50 for shipping. Needlepoint is $27 plus $2.25
for shipping. Jeanne Wheeler, 12504 Wild Turkey 0
Lane, Bayonet Point, FL 34667. (813) 863-1489. Q
FOR SALE: P.R.R. Steamship Line Silverplate.
Set #1: Small sugar bowl and creamer bearing PRR
logo from original "Ancon" or "Cristobal" circa ____
1937. ($350.00) Set #2: Large sugar bowl bearing
engraved name of "Tremont." Part of the original
silverware aboard the "S.S. Tremont" when pur- L
chased by the I.C.C/P.R.R. and renamed the "S.S.
Cristobal." Used on board during construction era
until replaced by new sets bearing the PRR logos. J f
($650.00) Contact: George M. Chevalier, 6872 Galle
Court, Orlando, FL 32818. (407) 299-4810.
Next Deadline v 0
(Must be in by)
October 25, 1989
CANAL ZONE STUDY GROUP Mail Sale #18 closes on
October 2, 1989. Stamps, covers, memorabilia cata- _
log $1.00 (covers postage). Write: C.Z.S.G., c/o *
R.H. Salz, 60 27th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94121. .
FOR SALE: Wedgewood tea sets. Warblers, 30 pieces
$200. Chinese Tigers, 25 pieces $100. Royal Doul- C
ton Coaching scene 10" pitcher, $75. For complete
information write: Sue Wall, 4141 SW 7 St., Plan-
tation, FL 33317. (305) 583-6679.
Pay Dues Now!
Doodle a note on your calendar
Make the Secretary's Day
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
RO. Box 1508
Palm Harbor, Florida 34682-1508
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on
Form 3579 to Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682
2nd Class Postage
At Palm Harbor,
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